Baptism is from the Greek word, "baptizo", meaning to immerse or dip under water.
It is used in Christianity to symbolize the transition from your old life to a new life following Jesus.
"Whoever is in Christ is a new creation, Behold; the old is gone, the new is here."
2 Corinthians 5:17
What does baptism mean?
Baptism does not make you a believer. It shows you already believe.
Baptism is an action that publicly illustrates your private faith in the life, teaching, and God-nature of Jesus.
Baptism is the outward demonstration of the commitment you make in your own heart, mind and spirit to love and follow Jesus.
Who should be baptized?
Every person who accepts Jesus and chooses to believe in and follow Him should get baptized. There is no age too young or too old to make that decision. There is no life history too 'bad' or too 'good' to exempt someone from the importance of choosing to follow Jesus and demonstrating that choice through baptism.
When should a believer be baptized?
Baptism is not something you wait on until you are perfect. None of us are perfect. We all still fall and fail in spite of our desire to do better each day at following Jesus. Baptism is for those who are choosing to follow and believe Jesus, in spite of themselves.
Baptism is not about the religious ceremony. Baptism is about the condition of the believer’s heart who chooses it. Therefor whenever a believer is prepared to accept Jesus, they may be baptized.
How does someone get baptized?
Simply let the Pastor know you are ready to make this public demonstration of faith.
Other times, the Pastor will arrange a baptism with you. Baptism is not about a religious ceremony, although that is sometimes utilized. In cases of illness or immediacy a private baptism is often performed.
Baptism is a time of prayer and sharing commitments between you and God. It may include the entire church community, or it may be a private time with you, a friend, and the Pastor. You may be in a robe in front of the church in a baptismal tub full of water, or others may be in a hospital bed with a small cup to dab water on your forehead.
What do I wear when I am baptized?
Some churches use robes.
At big life cc we utilize a shallow swimming pool. Wear a swimsuit and a loose fitting, light colored but non-white tshirt (light blue, grey, yellow). Wear board shorts or swim trunks to cover on bottom.
Where does someone get baptized?
big life is using the wading pool at Oswego East High School for baptisms.
Baptisms have taken place in rivers, swimming pools, cathedrals, chapels, bathtubs, and deathbeds. There is no right answer to "where?" other than "anywhere." Simply contact the Pastor to arrange your baptism.
What if I was already baptized?
If you want to be baptized, big life will baptize you! If are satisfied with your previous baptism situation, whether as an infant or when you were old enough to decide for yourself, big life community church will come alongside you and honor your choice. Baptism is totally up to you.