Water Baptism – Why is it important?

Water Baptism is a significant decision in every believer’s life. It is an act of faith that confesses death to our old nature and newness of life in Christ; a complete turning away from dead works. The stony or “hard” part of our heart is cut away when we go into the waters and are buried with Christ. It is a spiritual circumcision. (Col. 2:11-12) When you come up out of the water, you rise with Christ, just as He did when he was raised from the tomb! This is where we truly identify with Christ! Part of following Jesus is to follow His example. Jesus himself was baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17).

For those who have said YES to Jesus, water baptism is the NEXT YES! It’s the next step we take after we’ve placed our trust in him. (Heb. 6) As Peter said, “Repent and be baptized.” (Acts 2) Baptism establishes a pattern in our lives of continuing to say YES to Jesus — which is essential if we are to grow more and more like him and see his redemptive plan released in all areas of our lives.

Some questions about Water Baptism?

Can children be baptized? Our practice is for parents to “dedicate” their children to Jesus after they’re born, then for them to be baptized when they are old enough to understand what it means to make a public declaration of their faith in Jesus. There is not a particular age when all kids are ready to be baptized, but we’ve seen many children make this decision when they were between seven and thirteen years old. You will know your child is old enough when they express a desire to be baptized and can tell you why.

May a person be baptized more than one time? Yes, this might happen for a couple of different reasons. First, someone may have been baptized as an infant and now wants to make their own personal decision to be baptized. Second, someone may have walked away from God and baptism could be a public statement of walking in renewed relationship with him.

When may I be water baptized? We offer regular water baptisms during our Sunday morning services. These times are also offered upon request. Please contact our office to let us know if you would like to be baptized at (734) 662-6040 or email info@shekinahchurch.org.

We will be having our next Water Baptism during our service on Sunday, Feb. 27; if you would like to be baptized during this service please click the link below.