Biblical Answers to Your Questions on Baptism
Why be baptized?
Because you want to follow Christ’s example
It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
Because Christ commanded it
Jesus said, ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.
Because it shows you are a believer
Many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.
Because obeying Christ’s command shows you know Him
We know that we know Him if we keep his commandments.
1 John 2:3
Baptism is an opportunity to identify ourselves with the Savior.
What is the meaning of baptism?
It is a symbol of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection
Christ died for our sins…He was buried…and He rose again.
1 Corinthians 15:3, 4
You were buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
It is a symbol of your new life as a Christian
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away behold, all things have become new.
II Corinthians 5:17
We were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in newness of life.
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer; it shows that you already are one! Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring- it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Ephesians 2:8, 9
How are we to be baptized?
Like Jesus was baptized- immersed in water. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water.
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion under water
Both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Now when they came up out of the water...
Acts 8:38, 39
The word baptize literally means “to dip under water.” The Greek word baptize means “to immerse or dip under water.”
Who should be baptized?
Every person who has made a decision to believe in Christ
Then those who gladly received his word were baptized.
But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.
The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ. We do not baptize children until they are old enough to understand and believe. Our church recommends that you be baptized if you have not been baptized by immersion since you became a believer or if you were baptized by a church in another denomination which holds a different view of salvation. Every Biltmore member has been baptized by immersion as Jesus demonstrated and commanded us to follow.
When should I get baptized?
As soon as you have believed! You shouldn’t delay!
Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. The eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and he baptized them.
There is no reason to delay. As soon as a person decides to believe in Christ, he can and should be baptized.
Can my family be baptized together?
Yes! If each family member has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation and understands fully the meaning of baptism, then we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.
What will the baptism experience be like?
We want your baptism to be a memorable spiritual experience for you. When we learn of your desire to be baptized, we will contact you by phone to discuss your baptism and work with you to set a convenient date. A letter will then be sent reminding you of the date and time, including details about what you can expect and what you will need to wear and bring with you that day. On the day you will be baptized, prior to the baptism, once of our pastors will meet with everyone who will be baptized that day to confirm that each person understands the profession of faith they have made, and to review what will take place. Then you will be directed to the baptismal area, where we have dressing rooms and our baptism volunteers will be available to assist you. We encourage you to invite your family and friends to be present to share with you in this special public expression of the personal decision you have made to follow Christ.
Please contact the Membership/Baptism office if you have any questions at 828.687.1111.