The Bible teaches that baptism is an important step in the spiritual life of a Jesus follower.
We encourage all believers to pursue baptism for two key reasons: obedience (to Jesus), and identification (with Jesus).
In Matthew 28:18–20 Jesus 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.”
In this verse Jesus declared His post resurrection authority, directing the church’s activity, and outlining the expectation of those who would join Him. Specifically we are all called to become disciples, be baptized, and to obey Jesus.
In baptism we publicly display an internal change that has occurred through personal response and faith. Through the act of baptism, the new believer is encouraged (in their obedience), and the church is likewise encouraged in witnessing such obedience in God’s family. Furthermore, this activity visually demonstrated to non-believers the life change found in following Jesus.
Romans 6:1-7 clearly explains how baptism is an outward demonstration of our internal dying to our old way of living and being raised to “walk in newness of life.” In its simplicity it is a beautiful act of obedience and worship, as the new believer expresses their desire to please the Lord through identifying with His death and resurrection.
When and How to be baptized
The Biblical examples show that baptism generally occurred very quickly or even immediately after one made a decision to follow Jesus (Acts 2:41; Acts 8:26-39; Acts 9:19; Acts 10:47-48; Acts 16:13-15; Acts 16:16-34).
At CCF we would simply encourage you to be baptized.
If you’re new to faith in Jesus we will encourage you to take this step, even as a first step, in obedience to Jesus.
If you have been a Christian for decades and have not taken this step, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Prior to being baptized at CCF you will meet with someone to discuss the Biblical overview, the mechanics of actually being baptized, and to answer any questions you might have. Your baptism will happen shortly thereafter. We encourage you to invite your friends and family to attend and be witnesses to your obedience, then celebrate with you afterwards.
Please contact the office if you would like to talk with someone about being baptized.