What is Baptism?
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. An act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believers’ death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Why baptize by immersion?
The word “baptism” in the original language means “to immerse” and was the practice of the New Testament church.
2. What does baptism symbolize?
Baptism conveys the picture of a person dying with Christ, being buried with Him, and being raised with Him in a new life (Romans 6:3,4). This act is a declaration to all witnesses that the person has placed his/her faith in Jesus and agrees to follow Him.
3. Must I be baptized to be a member?
First Baptist Duluth requires that to become a member of the church, you must have been baptized by immersion after having trusted Jesus as your Savior (also known as believer’s baptism). This is in following the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 to make disciples and then to baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If you have recently professed Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then FBC Duluth will subsequently baptize you by immersion in one of our worship services.
4. I was baptized by immersion as a believer at another church or from another denomination?
If you were baptized at another Southern Baptist Church, you can join the church based upon transfer of membership also called transfer of letter. The church office will contact the other Baptist church for an official recommendation and transfer your membership to First Baptist Duluth. If you were baptized by immersion as a believer from another denomination, you can join the church by statement where you pledge to the church that you have trusted Christ as your Savior and have been baptized by immersion.
5. I was baptized as an infant why do I have to be baptized again?
When a person is baptized as a baby, he/she has no knowledge of the Lord, repentance, salvation, discipleship, or any of the essentials related to following Him. This baptism may be meaningful to the family and may convey their deepest desire to dedicate that baby fully to the Lord, but because a baby cannot make such choices, baptism could not convey these essential truths directly associated with a believer’s baptism. When First Baptist Duluth requires baptism by immersion for membership, it is not inferring that a person who has been baptized by sprinkling is in any way inferior, or second class, or unsaved. It is not attempting to insult anyone or elevate itself as superior; it is merely striving to be faithful to the Lord and His command, and asking those who wish to be members to do the same. For the church to do otherwise would be compromise. Even worse, it would be disobedience.
Here is a video sermon of our Pastor explaining baptism: