WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT BAPTISM
Baptism is a public testimony of what Christ has done in your life as a Christ-follower. It is a symbolic picture of death, burial and resurrection— and new life! When you are baptized, you are obeying Christ’s command in the Bible for all believers, and you are telling the world that Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life. No matter what your age or background, baptism is a natural and important step in your journey as a Christ-follower.
At Journey we believe that biblical baptism is symbolic— it doesn’t “save” you— but also that it’s very important in the life of every believer. It’s a symbol of both your commitment to Christ and to His church. We require that those desiring partnership or what some would call membership at Journey be baptized— either previously at the time of your commitment to Christ, or when you desire partnership at Journey.
Because baptism is a public display, our baptism practice also requires each candidate to commit to a brief video testimony to accompany your baptism. Now don’t get nervous if you don’t like video cameras— our team will make your video testimony painless and enjoyable
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
Christians believe that Jesus’ death on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his or her sin.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized. Just like a bride and groom show others their love for one another by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is your opportunity to show others that you have accepted Christ and are now walking with Him.
WHAT DOES BAPTISM SYMBOLIZE?
Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:
* Accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
* Shared in His death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life).
* Were symbolically washed clean, and sins were forgiven by His death on the cross.
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God. We immerse at Journey Church because we believe Scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in Him.
WHAT ABOUT INFANT CHRISTENING?
Some denominations choose to christen infants. While we recognize the right of other churches to practice infant christening, we understand Scripture to teach that only professing believers qualify for baptism. Baptism does not make you a believer; rather it shows that you already believe. Baptizing or Christening infants often indicates more about the parents intentions or desires instead of the spiritual condition of the baby. If you were baptized or christened as a baby, choosing to be baptized now as a believer is a fulfillment of your parents’ intentions or prayers long ago.