It’s normal to have questions about the details of baptism. Click on the links below to find answers to some of the frequently asked questions regarding baptism at Ada Bible.
Baptism is one of the most powerful symbols of our faith. In a way that nothing else does, baptism:
- Is a vital part of the life of every Christian. Baptism is a physical experience that corresponds to your spiritual encounter with Christ. It is an outward symbol of an inner experience of grace.
- Is a step of obedience. This is a simple point, but an important one. We are saved by grace through faith. Baptism is an expression of that faith (not a way to be saved). Since Jesus clearly commanded it, baptism is the next step of obedience once a person has surrendered their life to God. Ephesians 2.8
- Symbolizes your new life in Christ. In the beginning, water was a symbol of chaos (Genesis 1.2). Out of this chaos, God brings order. He creates life. The same is true for us. God takes the chaos of our lives without him and transforms them to new lives with him. Baptism pictures this amazing transformation. Being lowered into the water (chaos) symbolizes dying to your old life without God. Being raised out of the water symbolizes coming to new life in Christ. Romans 6.3-4; 2 Corinthians 5.17
- Symbolizes your good standing with God. As a believer, you have full assurance that you are saved by grace through faith. Baptism is a symbol of that truth. As you experience baptism, let that truth sink deeply into your heart. You have been reconciled with God. You are now his son or daughter! 1 Peter 3.21; Romans 8.16
- Symbolizes the washing away of your sins. This is why we completely immerse you in the water. This act symbolizes the fact that Jesus’ death and resurrection are sufficient to completely wash you free from punishment for sin. Psalm 51.7; Acts 22.16
- Is a public declaration of who is the leader of your life. You will be declaring to your family and friends, with certainty, that Jesus is the new leader of your life. Because he is your leader, Savior, and Lord, you are committing yourself to doing everything Jesus has commanded you from this day forward. You won’t be perfect, but you are seeking to follow him in everything. Galatians 3.27; John 14.15
- Becomes a tangible reminder of the significance of your faith. You will stand before others giving witness that your life is now marked by Christ. You stand with him and for him. Your life belongs to him and you desire to declare this new reality. As you follow Christ, we encourage you to look back on this day and remember the commitment you made, the people who heard it (more than you might think; read Hebrews 12.1!), and all that baptism represents. This can be a great help when you doubt your salvation or struggle to obey Christ. Hebrews 10.22; 1 Corinthians 6.11
- Connects you to the larger family of God. For some 2,000 years, believers all around the world have pursued baptism as a symbol of their new life with God. What you experience through baptism is rooted in the early church and connects you to that rich history. Acts 2.41
We believe that every follower of Jesus should be baptized when they are capable of understanding and expressing authentic faith in Jesus Christ. We also believe that the baptism experience has the potential to be a milestone moment in the spiritual development of an individual. Because of this, we believe that the baptism experience is most impactful in late adolescence or adulthood. Therefore, we highly encourage children and young students to wait until high school to pursue baptism. However, if your child expresses a desire to be baptized before high school, we would be happy to talk to you about this. In such cases, please contact a Children’s or Student Ministries staff member. For more information about baptism. Please email us at: email@example.com.
We practice baptism by immersion in water. We believe that immersion, unlike other forms of baptism, paints a wonderful picture of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. It also portrays the washing, or cleansing, that God has done in a believer’s life.
We encourage you to choose a pastor, an elder, or a small group leader that you know from Ada Bible to baptize you. However, if there is someone in your life who has been instrumental to you in finding faith in Jesus or has helped your growth in your relationship with God, he or she may be a perfect candidate to baptize you. We want this to be a very fulfilling and personal experience for you.
Prior to your baptism we will schedule a brief time for you to meet with one of our pastors to talk about your baptism. This very casual, very relaxed conversation will include:
- Your spiritual story/background/how you learned about God growing up.
- How you committed your life to Christ and what that means to you.
- What baptism means to you.
- How you would describe your spiritual growth.
- Your plan for future spiritual growth.
- Any questions you may have.
We celebrate the baptize of many believers during the same service. When it is your turn, you will be helped into the baptism tub and you will kneel in the middle. You will be given an opportunity to share your testimony, after which the person baptizing you will help you down and up in water.
We want your testimony, or spiritual story, to be told. There are two ways in which this can happen: You can tell the story yourself, or have someone read your written story. Either way you choose, we will be asking you to write your story.
Telling your story is good for you and those who will hear it. For you, telling your story can deepen your faith as you recall what God has done in your life. For those listening, your words are an encouraging reminder that God is still active in changing lives.
We ask that you keep your story to about one minute in length. The highlights of your faith journey are the most important. Practically, this means that your story should be a half typewritten page in length. We will be glad to help you in preparing your story if needed. Take a look at “How to Prepare Your Testimony” and the following examples when you’re ready to get started.
We need to have it in the church office two weeks before your baptism. Please e-mail your testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women should wear a bathing suit covered by a black t-shirt and black shorts. Men are to wear a black t-shirt and black shorts. Upon completion of your baptism, you will be given a white robe. The black and white are symbolic of moving from darkness to light and from death to life. We will provide the black t-shirts and the white robes but please bring a towel, a bag for your wet clothes, and a change of dry clothes.
We want you to be comfortable about baptism. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or 868.7005.