Baptism and Communion are the two ordinances instituted by Christ, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated in genuine faith they confirm and nourish the believer. Baptism then, as an outward act, expresses important inward spiritual truths.
Baptism and Salvation
Baptism is described in the Bible as a practice for those who are believers in Christ. So, it is not the act of your baptism that makes you Christian. Scripture teaches that salvation is a gift of God’s grace that we receive in faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Baptism is a one-time decision by those who believe in Christ to publicly demonstrate faith and obedience to Jesus as his disciple.
Do I Need to Be Fully Immersed (Under Water)?
The word the Bible uses to describe baptism contains the meaning “to dip or submerge.” Therefore, CrossLife practices baptism with full immersion underwater. This mode also best illustrates the expression of the gospel reality that we have been buried and raised with Christ (Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:11-12). However, this rule is not without exception, and accommodations can be made in certain situations where immersion may not be safe or practical for the participant.
What if I was Baptized as an Infant?
The denomination that CrossLife belongs to, the Evangelical Free Church of America, does not take a position on whether it is appropriate to baptize infants. So, CrossLife does not insist that those who have been baptized as infants be re-baptized when they are older. However, in some situations, a person may agree that neither they nor their parents chose baptism as a faith decision in connection with a true understanding of the gospel message. In these cases, baptism as an adult is an appropriate choice. CrossLife holds dedication ceremonies for young children and infants as a way for parents to express their commitment to godly parenting as modeled in Scripture (1 Samuel 1:27-28; Luke 2:22).
Do I Need to be a Member of CrossLife Church?
CrossLife baptizes members and non-members alike. Though if you're not yet a member, membership at CrossLife is a great next step in your discipleship journey after being baptized. You can learn more about membership at CrossLife here.
Baptism at CrossLife
CrossLife holds several baptism services throughout the year. However, we are ready and able to baptize anyone who expresses desire and meets the requirements for being baptized on a Sunday they chose (particularly in situations where friends and family members may need to travel in order to attend).
Preparing for Baptism
Baptism is to be a joyful occasion for all participants and a day that carries important significance for their continuing journey of discipleship in Christ. The public act of baptism, similarly, acts as a testimony and encouragement to the broader congregation as well as the individual being baptized. So, it is with that in mind that we ask all baptism candidates to submit to the following process:
- Write a single-page testimony that summarizes your experience in coming to know Christ and your desire to serve and follow him in obedience and faith. This short, 2-3 minutes testimony will be shared on the day of your baptism. It will highlight what was life like before coming to faith in Christ, how you came to know Christ and put your faith in him, and how life has been different since your confession of faith.
- Meet with one of our ministry staff to go over your testimony and answer any potential questions you may have. We understand that many baptism candidates will not be used to writing out their testimonies or that you may be uncomfortable speaking in front of people. This meeting is intended to help you communicate the gospel clearly in your testimony as well as to encourage you regarding any fears or reservations you may have. Baptism day is a wonderful day for both you, your family, and our entire church. Our desire is that you approach this day with excitement and joy rather than with fear or uncertainty.
How Do I Communicate My Interest in Being Baptized?
The easiest way to get started is to click the link below to let us know you're interested and to answer a few questions. One of our ministry staff will be excited to follow up in order to begin this process with you!