BAptism At Berean

Baptism at Berean

Baptism is for an individual who has accepted the atoning work of Christ and is committed to becoming His disciple. In obedience to Christ’s command and as a public testimony of faith, a believer should be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Water baptism is a symbol of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection.  It signifies that a former way of life has been put to death and depicts freedom from the bondage of sin. At Berean we practice and teach believer’s baptism. You can read more about baptism below.

We have baptisms at our Celebration Services, which take place regularly throughout the year. To be placed on the list for baptism please sign up below. 

1. WHAT is Baptism

  • The Greek word “baptize” literally means “to immerse or dip under water.”
  • It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.
…having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
-Colossians 2:12

  • It is an illustration of my new life as a Christian.
1 So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? 2 I should hope not! If we’ve left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? 3 Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land! That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. 4 When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. 5 Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.
-Romans 6:1-5 (The Message)
  • It is a public confession of my faith.
So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.
-Acts 2:41
  • It is a public ceremony and celebration for the Church.
13For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
-1Corinthians 12:13

2. WHO should be baptized?

  • Every person who has believed in Christ.
So then, those who had received his word were baptized…
-Acts 2:41

But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike.
-Acts 8:12

At Berean Bible Church, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. Some churches practice a baptism of confirmation for children.  This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between parents and God on the behalf of the child.  The parents promise to raise their child in faith until the child is old enough to make his or her own personal confession of Christ.  This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed. We believe this is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible which was only for those old enough to believe.  The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.

If you are interested in whether your child should be baptized or not, check out this article or you can contact us.

3. WHY should you be baptized?

  • You should not get baptized because you feel obligated.
  • You should get baptized because you feel a desire to show others the glory of God in the Gospel.

4. WHEN should you be baptized?

  •  You can get baptized as soon as you believe.
So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.
-Acts 2:41

5. HOW can I get baptized at a Berean Celebration Sunday?

We have baptisms periodically throughout the year at special services we call Celebration Sundays. At these services we both see and hear testimony of God’s saving work as men, women and children make a public profession of faith through baptism.

We encourage people who are getting baptized to work with us on preparing a short testimony that you share either on a video that we pre-record or in person at the service. While we strongly encourage you to share your story, you are not required to share anything in order to be baptized.


If you would like to be baptized at one of our upcoming Celebration Sundays, fill out the form below and we will follow up with you on the date and details.


When is the next Celebration Sunday?
We offer Celebration Sundays periodically throughout the year depending on when people sign up to be baptized. We'll work with you on finding a date that works with your schedule.

Do I have to share a testimony at the service in order to be baptized?
No. But we strongly encourage you to share your story with others since baptism is such a strong symbol of how the Gospel is working in our lives. We will talk to you more about sharing your story when we follow up with you about getting baptized. We have tools that help you think through how to share your story, we will personally work with you on writing out your story, and we will spend time trying to help you feel as comfortable as possible whether you are sharing via video or in person at the service.

Do you have to be baptized in order to be "saved"?
No. You are saved by faith alone in the atoning work of Jesus on the cross alone. Baptism does not save you. It is simply a symbol of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection.  

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