Water baptism is a public, outward testimony that indicates a personal, inward faith. It gives evidence of the inner change that has already occurred in the believer’s life when he or she was “born again” (John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23) through faith in Jesus Christ.
Baptism identifies the believer with the message of the gospel, the Person of Jesus Christ, and other believers. It associates the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and signifies the believer’s death to the old life and resurrection as a new creation in Christ (Romans 6:1-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 2:11-13).
Water baptism was clearly important in the early church as described in the New Testament:
All those who understand the good news that is found in Jesus Christ, and have taken a real, personal step of faith in Jesus as their Savior and Lord (Romans 10:8-13; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 8:37).
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Baptism is an act of obedience on the part of the individual believer in Jesus. It is an outward sign of an inward work, that has already taken place. Therefore, we do not believe it is biblical to baptize infants. However, we do believe that children are a gift from God, a gift that we need His help to steward. So, on occasion, we do dedicate our children to the Lord, during our services.
The act of publicly dedicating children is an encouragement to the parents and the entire church as the family commits their home and children before the congregation. The congregation agrees to accept responsibility to help the parents raise the children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.