BAPTISM


Baptism

Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward decision to trust and follow Christ. It demonstrates to others that you have received Christ’s offer of salvation and forgiveness by placing your complete trust in His death for you. As a result, baptism is you openly proclaiming your desire to follow Him with your life. If you are interested in baptism, register below.

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Why Should I Be Baptized?

Jesus Christ was baptized, and we should follow His example (Mk. 1:9). He commands us to be baptized (Matt. 28:19-20).


What Is The Meaning Of Baptism?

Baptism identifies you with Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3-4; Col. 2:12). Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward decision to trust and follow Christ. It demonstrates to others that you have received Christ’s offer of salvation and forgiveness by placing your complete trust in His death for you. As a result, baptism is you openly proclaiming your desire to follow Him with your life. Baptism does not make you a Christian. You become a Christian when you realize your sin, your need for a Savior, and then place your complete trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Forgiver. Baptism is a celebration of your new life in Christ (Acts 16:31-33; 18:8).


Why Does The Summit Baptize By Immersion?

Jesus was baptized by immersion (Matthew 3:16); and every baptism in the Bible was by immersion (Acts 8:38-39). The word “baptize” literally means “to dip under water”. Baptism by immersion best symbolizes and identifies us with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (Rom. 6:3-11).


Who Should Be Baptized?

Every person who trusts Jesus Christ as Savior and Forgiver should be baptized. A Christian is someone who has realized their sin separates them from God. They have given up all efforts to reach God through good deeds or religious activity. They believe that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that can bridge the gap between them and God. They are trusting Christ and His sacrificial death as the perfect payment for their sins. In that, they receive God’s free gift of salvation through Christ. If you have come to that point, you are ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12-13).


What About Infants or Young Children?

The Bible shows no example of a baptism when the individual did not request it. All instances of baptism followed an individual’s personal decision to receive Christ as Savior. At The Summit, we wait until a child is old enough to understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. When a child makes a decision to trust Christ alone for the forgiveness of their sins, we will gladly baptize them. Our KidSummit ministry offers two baptisms a year. As a prerequisite, children who are interested in baptism are invited to attend our “We Believe” event where they learn more about what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. For more information email kidsummit@thesummitchurch.net. For children 2 and under, The Summit offers an opportunity for parents to “dedicate” their children and themselves to God through a child/parent dedication celebration.In this, parents pray for God’s blessings on their child, committing themselves to rearing them in a way that is pleasing to God. It is a beautiful and meaningful experience!  Dedications are held once a year in the spring. For more information email peak@thesummitchurch.net.


When Can I Be Baptized?

You should be baptized as soon as possible after making the decision to trust Christ as your Savior (Acts 2:41; 8:35-38). At The Summit, baptism is a church-wide celebration. We have baptism opportunities several times throughout the year. If you would like to be baptized register here.