Christians believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed 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, the next step is baptism, which is an opportunity to publicly declare to others that you have accepted Christ and are now walking with Him. Because Jesus instructed His followers to be baptized, we believe baptism is an important step of obedience for every person who has accepted Christ as his/her Savior and Lord.

What Baptism Symbolizes

Baptism is a way of showing others that one has entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what took place in the heart at the time of salvation:

  • Acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
  • Sharing in His death and resurrection illustrated by going
    under the water (dead to old life), then rising again (new life).
  • Being symbolically washed clean from sin after receiving Jesus’ forgiveness by His death on the cross.

While it is not necessary for salvation, baptism demonstrates submission to God.   At Gracepoint we baptize by immersion, imitating what Jesus modeled for us in Scripture.

The baptism process

We’ve tried to make the baptism process simple, and we would like this historical event in your life to be as memorable as possible.

  • Please indicate on a commitment card at Sunday service that you want to be baptized, or let your small group leader know of your commitment.
  • Write your salvation testimony. Part of memorializing your baptism experience and inviting others to celebrate God’s work in your life, with you, is writing and sharing your story. If you need help, we have provided some helpful guidelines to write your testimony. Your small group leader will also be able to help you in this process. Please turn in your testimony one month prior to the baptism date to ensure adequate time for review¹ by pastoral staff.

Get baptized!  Baptisms take place about six times a year (February, March, June, August, October, December) on a Sunday during worship service.

Send us an email if you’re interested in baptism or have any questions. The testimonies will be reviewed by the church staff to ensure that they demonstrate adequate understanding and clear expression of the gospel.

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