At LifePoint Christian Church, we practice “believer’s baptism.” Jesus called the church to mark the beginning of each disciples’ choice to follow Him with baptism. It is the believer’s first opportunity to declare allegiance to Christ.
Why is baptism so important?
At the very beginning of his ministry Jesus himself was baptized (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:31-34). His last words to his friends before he ascended to heaven were the command to “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19b-20a). In the New Testament, baptism is part of the conversion. So much so that the two were considered part of one event (Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21). At LifePoint we understand scripture to teach that the act of baptism is a part of the grace and salvation process. It is an outward commitment of an inward work of grace that is taking place (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 6:3,4).
Who should be baptized?
Thoughtful and committed Christians have disagreed about this question for centuries. The church understands the scriptures to teach that baptism is an expression of the commitment of the person being baptized. That is why we call it “believer’s baptism.” It is an expression of a person’s faith in Christ and a desire to follow Christ. Therefore, baptism ought to be restricted to someone who is mature enough to make that decision and that commitment. Baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation (Acts 2:38; 8:12; 18:8; 19:4; 22:16).
If I was baptized as an infant, should I be baptized again?
If you were baptized as a child, it was the intent of your parents that you would one day be a follower of Christ. Your baptism as an adult can be viewed as the fulfillment of your parents’ wishes. It in no way repudiates the baptism you received as a child. If you have made a faith commitment to Christ as a mature person, then we encourage you to be baptized by immersion as an adult. This is an expression of your commitment to follow Christ.