Once a person admits that he or she is a sinner and turns to Christ for salvation, the Bible says that a person should proclaim the life change that has occurred: the watching world needs to know. Baptism has always stood as a kind of public testimony for people who have moved from being a seeker to being a believer.
Believers are those who have realized that their sin has separated them from God. They have given up all efforts to reach God through good works or religious activity. They have concluded that Jesus Christ's death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that can bridge the gap between them and God. A believer is someone who has decided to trust Christ alone for his or her salvation. If you have come to this point in your spiritual journey, then you are ready to be baptized.
When the local church was established, recorded in the second chapter of Acts, two ordinances were established: baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:19-20; Romans 6:1-6). An ordinance is an outward duty prescribed by Christ to be performed by His church. Baptize comes from the Greek word baptizo, which means “to dip under” or “to immerse” (Acts 8:38).
Baptism is a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 6:3,4; Colossians 2:12) and is only for believers (Luke 3:7-8). Baptism is commanded for those who have trusted Christ to be their personal Savior (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 10:48; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28; Luke 22:19). Baptism is neither a prerequisite nor a part of salvation. Acts 2:38 which states: “Repent and be baptized…” simply provides the Biblical order for baptism - repentance (and faith) first, then baptism.
In addition, Scripture neither teaches nor encourages infant baptism (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5,6; Acts 16:33-34; 18:8). Baptism does not save anyone.
We are glad that you are considering being baptized. These web pages will give you an explanation of Baptism at Tomah Baptist, as well as the steps you will need to take to be baptized at an upcoming service. Please look through the links below.
If you have more questions about baptism or would like to know more about taking this next step in your Christian walk, feel free to speak to one of our pastors, or e-mail info[at]tomahbaptistchurch[dot]com or call the church at (608) 372-2071. Someone will be happy to help you!