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Frequently Asked Questions About Baptism

Why should I be baptized?

  1. Because Christ submitted to it. Mark 1:9 (NLT)
  2. Because Christ’s last words on earth reaffirmed it. Matthew 28:19 (NLT)
  3. Because the apostles practiced it. Acts 2:38 (NLT)

What is the significance of baptism?

  1. Through baptism, we declare our allegiance to Jesus Christ. Acts 2:41 (NLT)
  2. Through baptism, we illustrate our new life in Christ. Romans 6:4 (NLT)
  3. Through baptism, we affirm our connection to Christ’s Church. Acts 2:41 (NLT)

Note: Baptism doesn’t make you a Christ-follower – it simply shows that you are a Christ-follower. Baptism does not save you. Only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring. It’s a symbol of your salvation — an outward sign of an inward reality.

Who should be baptized?

Every person who has believed in Christ. Acts 8:12; 18:8 (NLT)

What about children?

While we acknowledge that infant baptism (or christening) can be a special moment for parents and their child, we believe baptism is a personal declaration of one’s surrender to Christ and desire to follow Jesus with their life. Therefore, children should be old enough to be able to make their own profession of faith before being baptized. The suggested age is 3rd-6th grade. If your child is younger than 3rd grade, the prerequisite is that they attend the Now What? class. Please visit the Children’s Milestones page for more information.

With our infants, we practice child dedication. Parents publicly commit to teach their children to know and love Jesus. As a church, we commit to come alongside parents to help them on the journey. If you would like to learn more about baby dedication, please contact children@walnuthillcc.org to learn more.

When should I be baptized?

According to Scripture, you can be baptized as soon as you have believed. Acts 2:41; 8:36,38 (NIV)

How should a believer be baptized?

We do not aim to be divisive on this point, but here at Walnut Hill we practice baptism by immersion. Immersion is when a person is fully submerged under water.

  1. We do this because we believe Jesus was baptized this way. Mark 1:10 (NIV)
  2. We do this because we believe the word “baptize” means “to plunge, dip, immerse.”
  3. We do this because we believe immersion best symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
  4. We do this because the early history of the church confirms baptism by immersion.

Do you have a question that’s not answered here? Please contact Pastor Vicky at vkowarick@walnuthillcc.org or call the church office at 203-796-7373 so that we can help.