Baptism is a spiritually meaningful, symbolic ceremony that publicly shows our desire to obey God and to follow Jesus. It is an important step of obedience in the life of a believer in Jesus and one that we are excited to help you make!

For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.”
Colossians 2:12

Baptism FAQs

Baptism is a spiritually meaningful, symbolic ceremony that shows our desire to obey God and to follow Jesus. When you are baptized, you enter a pool of water and are “dunked” under the water. This symbolizes dying with Jesus and raising again to new life. Jesus was baptized by immersion by John the Baptist at the begininng of His earthly ministry.
Jesus commanded us to baptize (Matthew 28:19-20), and we are following His example when we do it (Mark 1:9). It is a symbol of how we were spiritually buried with Him and raised for new life when we accepted His salvation.
No. We are saved by faith and God’s grace, not by any religious works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Baptism is to salvation what a wedding ceremony is to a marriage. The wedding doesn’t legally make anyone married- that happens by the signing of a marriage license as witnessed by a church leader or court official. Baptism, like a wedding ceremony, is a public display of our love for someone- in this case, Jesus!
Almost all of the biblical examples of baptism show people doing it in public (Acts2:41), because we are not to be ashamed of Jesus when we have become Christians. We should want to share our joyous decision with family, friends, and our church.
As we read the New Testament, we see people being taken down into water and brought back up (Matthew 3:16, Acts 8:38-39). The Greek word ‘baptizo’ means to immerse. Immersion is a picture of being buried and raised to new life in salvation (Romans 6:4). We want to practice scripture as closely as we understand it.
Since baptism is a first step of obedience after salvation, the first time may have been a well-meant, but only religious activity. We would invite you to be baptized again as a new Christian.
Although salvation is not dependent on baptism or a specific type of baptism, we do desire to practice the pattern found in the New Testament. So, we would invite you to be baptized by immersion. If you wish to become a member of Celebration Baptist Church, baptism by immersion is required.
Although scripture shows Jesus welcoming and blessing children, it does not show Him baptizing infants, nor are there any passages that show or command this practice. Since baptism is a step of obedience after salvation, and since (due to mental development) infants cannot make that spiritual choice, we do not baptize them. We do, however, dedicate infants to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:27-28). This is a special commitment ceremony where the parents and the church pledge together to spiritually nurture the infant as he or she grows, and we pray for their eventual salvation.
In the New Testament, new converts to Christianity are those who were baptized. If a child has understood and accepted salvation, then there is no reason that they should not be baptized. Contact Pastor Aaron for students to learn more about being baptized.

When you sign up to be baptized you will be assigned a “Baptism Coach.” Baptism coaches are members of the Celebration family that will walk you through the process of baptism. They will meet with you to talk through your questions and concerns and they will help you learn how to tell the story of what Jesus has done in your life.

After meeting with your coach, your baptism date will be scheduled and you will meet with a member of our video team. Our video team will record you telling the story of why you have made the decision to be baptized. Sometimes these videos are used in the worship service when you are baptized, but they are mainly for you! Your video is an easy way for you to share with your family and friends what Jesus has done in your life!

You will arrive 20 minutes before the service starts to check in. Please wear dark shorts and bring a change of clothes with you. You may choose to wear a robe, or we provide dark blue t-shirts. Baptisms usually take place during the worship portion of our service- during the first 20 minutes. We will either show your video, or the pastor baptizing you will briefly introduce you. You will walk into the baptism tub, be dipped into the water and quickly raised back up, symbolizing Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Use the form below to sign up to be baptized or to learn more.