Getting Baptized at WSCC
What is Baptism?
- Baptism is NOT salvation! The Bible makes it clear that salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ as Lord only and nothing else is required!
- We don’t do infant Baptism at WellSpring, we believe the Biblical standard is “Believers Baptism” which means that a person is Baptized only after they have given their life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That is why we require all persons interested in being Baptized to meet with the pastor to discuss their readiness for this very important moment in life.
- The amount of water doesn’t matter either. Some prefer to sprinkle, some to pour water over the head, and some to be submerged in a tank, pool, or creek. The amount of water is not the point, the dying of the old self and the rising of the new self is the point.
- At WellSpring we will do any of the three forms – but we prefer immersion because it gives the person the fullest experience.
What Does it Signify?
The Bible states it clearly in Romans 6:3-4, “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Therefore, to make it simple, there are two parts of Baptism. First, when a person goes under the water – they are “buried therefore with him … into death” so that the their old life has died with Christ as he was buried after his death. Second, as a person comes up out of the water they, “walk in newness of life” just like Christ did when he resurrected from the dead on Resurrection Day.
Why Should I Consider Baptism?
Here are a number of reasons to consider Baptism:
- First, we walk in the steps of Christ and He began His ministry by being baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3), so we want to be Baptized as Jesus was.
- Second, it is necessary to profess our faith to the world in order to show our faith in Jesus Christ. The sacrament of Baptism is a clear way to express your faith in Jesus Christ.
- Third, it is a special reminder to the person being baptized through out their lives that they have truly professed their faith in Christ. Even long-term Christians go through times of doubt and fear, but because of that moment in time when they KNOW that they were baptized, this can give them confidence and encouragement to stay faithful to Christ no matter what happens.