Baptism declares to the world you’ve trusted Jesus, joined God’s family, and made a commitment to follow Jesus, heart, and soul. It’s pretty special!
At SVA Church, we believe Baptism is an outward display of an inner transformation. It signifies one's death to sin and newness in Christ. Because the Great Commission commands us to baptize (Matt. 28:19-20), we view baptism as an important step for all believers.
Please read our FAQ’s below and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you are interested in taking this important step in your faith journey!
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34).
Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!
Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can truly change us (Acts 2:38-41).
For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step! Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).
As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).
Any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). At SVA Church, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.
If your child has already asked Jesus into his life, we recommend you explain what baptism is and what it means as a family. Facilitate the conversation, but don’t dominate it. Allow your student to express their trust in Jesus and desire to be baptized.
Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10).
Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being submersed underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life (Romans 6:3-5).