“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

Acts 16:31-34

What is Baptism?

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you. Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation. The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!

Why should I be Baptized?

Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized. (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9) Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3)  Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin and turn towards Jesus. The only one who can change us. (Acts 2:38-41)

…and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ…

1 Peter 3:21

When’s the best time to be baptized?

For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized. (Acts 8:12)

Do you baptize children?

As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if the will commit their lives to him. (Romans 10:9) Any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him. (Acts 10:47-48) At Cetral City Austin, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.

What’s the difference between immersing, sprinkling, and other ways of baptizing?

Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it. (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10)

Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) Being submersed underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life. (Romans 6:3-5)

Do I need to be baptized again?

If you haven’t been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take your next step of being baptized. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again.

God never asks us to take a next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more that we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to him and doing what he says.