Baptism

Here at Grace, we practice baptism by immersion in water. We define baptism by key passages in the Bible that we believe speak most clearly on the topic. So what is baptism?

It might be easiest to start by talking about what baptism isn't...

The Bible teaches that there is no work that a man or women can perform to be saved:

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

Romans 6:23 also teaches that eternal life is the free "gift of God." Therefore, baptism isn't necessary for salvation. There is nothing you can do to earn the free gift of salvation.

So what is it?

In simple terms, being baptized is like putting on a wedding ring—it's a response to a loved one and an outward symbol of internal commitment and truth. In the Bible, especially during Jesus’ life and right after that time, the pattern of baptism as a response to salvation is demonstrated.

But why respond this way? What's it all mean? Just as Christ was crucified and buried, we are immersed in water to symbolize the “burial” of our old ways. And again, just as Christ was raised from the dead, so we are raised out of the water, symbolizing our new life in Christ. The apostle Paul says it this way:

"We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Romans 6:4

On another level, baptism is an act of obedience. Read what Jesus says here to his disciples:

"Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.' " Matthew 28:18-20

What do I have to do to be baptized?

There is only one requirement—a personal decision to believe and accept the salvation of God through Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41, 8:12). If you are interested in taking this step and would like more information, please let us know. We’re excited for you! You can read more about making this decision, or just call Dr. Fisher at 330.666.8341. You can also email him at rfisher@graceohio.org.