We are excited that you are interested in taking your next step towards baptism! Baptism is an outward expression of what you have already decided in your heart. We believe that water baptism is a public declaration of three important things: you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are beginning a changed life in Christ, and you are part of a new family. If you are ready to make that public declaration, then get started by registering at a campus near you!
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.