why do i need to be baptized if i have already been baptized?

There are two important elements to our belief about baptism:

  • First, baptism is a sign of personal faith by a believer.  Thus, we do not baptize infants or children who are too young to make a personal statement of faith.  If you have been baptized as an infant, we ask you to be baptized again as a believer, that is, following your personal statement of faith. 

  • Second, baptism is to be by immersion, or being placed completely under water.  This method symbolizes the death and resurrection of Jesus and the believers own death to sin and new, resurrected life.  Romans 6:3-4 says, "Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death/ We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."  So, if you have been baptized by another method such as sprinkling, we ask you to be rebaptized to depict this aspect of your faith.  Baptism by immersion is the common sign of faith of all our members.