We are excited that you are interested in taking your next step towards baptism. Three times per year we offer baptism classes that are intended to help new believers become further grounded in their Christian faith leading up to their formal baptism. Our baptism class is conducted over 9 sessions and takes place on Sundays between our 1st and 2nd gatherings at 9:40 am.
During the class, you will study through the book "What on Earth Am I Here For" The class will also cover Grace’s mission, vision and values, a Spiritual gift (S.H.A.P.E.) assessment, serving opportunities, vision and purpose of Group Life, and Grace’s Partner Covenant.
Baptism is the public expression of a believer's faith.
Baptism is an act of confession and identification with Christ. It is a demonstration of your covenant with God and your commitment to Christ. Baptism does not save you - only your faith in God can save you through God's grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). Through water baptism, we identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It's like saying, "Lord Jesus, Your death is my death - I no longer have to die for my sins. Your life is my life - I now have Your eternal life" (Romans 3:23; 6:23).
Baptism is a symbol of a covenant and commitment, much like a wedding ring. This ring does not make a couple married; the promise and covenant they made to each other make them married. The ring is a symbol to others of their promise and covenant to each other. Like the wedding ring, baptism is a symbol which testifies before God and man the promise and covenant a person has made in his heart with Jesus.
Grace practices both immersion and sprinkling baptism. You have the opportunity to choose if you would like to be submerged in water or sprinkled. Immersion baptism is a method where the whole body is submerged beneath the surface of the water. Baptism by sprinkling is a method where water is poured on the head of the person being baptized.