Who Should Be Baptized

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized. Just like a bride and groom show others their love for one another by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is your opportunity to show others that you have accepted Christ and are now walking with him.

Once a person admits that they are a sinner and turns to Christ for salvation, the Bible tells us to proclaim this life change. Baptism is a public testimony for people who have become believers and put their trust in Christ alone to be their Savior. It is also a step of obedience as Christ commands us to be baptized in His name.

You do not have to be baptized to have Christ in your heart any more than you must exchange rings to be pronounced man and wife. But if the inner commitment to trust Christ alone for salvation has been made, then the outward symbol of Baptism should be as valued and as visible as the gold ring on a newlywed’s finger.

Salvation

Christians believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his or her sin, and accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Believers are those who have:

  • realized that their sin has separated them from God.
  • learned that there is nothing they can DO to restore that relationship.
  • realized they cannot reach God just through good works or religious activity.
  • concluded that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that can bridge the gap between them and God.

A believer is someone who has decided to trust Christ alone to be his or her Savior.

What Baptism Symbolizes

Baptism symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:

  • You accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
  • You shared in his death and resurrection, illustrated through baptism by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life).
  • You were symbolically washed clean, and your sins were forgiven by his death on the cross.

Baptism is an act of obedience to Christ that follows an individual’s acceptance of salvation by God’s grace alone. Baptism isn’t a prerequisite for salvation; however, if an inner commitment to trust Christ alone for salvation has been made, then the outward symbol of that commitment—Baptism—should follow, as is modeled throughout the New Testament in the lives of those choosing to follow Christ.

Biblical Foundation for Baptism

Jesus’ final recorded words to His followers before His ascension to heaven express the importance He placed on Baptism. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands His followers, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Baptism does not provide salvation for an individual, but rather serves to identify publicly the individual as a follower of Christ. In passages such as Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47–48, the act of Baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. The New Testament records the Baptisms of adult believers. In Romans 6:1–11, the apostle Paul describes the immersion of Baptism as a means through which the believer identifies with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ: Going under the water represents Christ’s death—and a believer’s death to sin; coming out of the water illustrates Christ’s resurrection and the believer’s new life in Christ.

Next Steps

If you are a teen or adult looking interested in baptism, please check out the Baptism Process for your next steps.

If you are the parent of a child that is interested or asking about baptism, please go to: Children & Baptism.

If you have any questions about how to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, please complete a Connect Form and a member of our Ministry Team will contact you.

Baptism Process

Keystone’s baptism process has been designed to be both simple and meaningful. From the registration form to the baptism meeting, each step has been carefully planned with you in mind:

  • Step 1 – If you think baptism is the next step for you, please take 35 minutes and listen to Pastor Ken’s talk on baptism where he answers the questions we are most often asked about baptism.

  • Step 2 – Complete the Online Baptism Registration Form or download the Baptism Registration Form File, print and complete the form, and drop it off at Guest Services on Sunday or at the church office during the week. We will then contact you to schedule a meeting with one of our Pastors to talk through the biblical basis for baptism, review your registration form and answer any questions you may have.
  • Step 3 – You will be contacted by a staff member to schedule your baptism and video taping of your testimony. They will explain the logistics of check-in, reserved seating for your guests, and the order of events for your Baptism.
  • Step 4 – Film your story. One of the most powerful aspects of baptism is your video story shown right before your baptism. The video gives you the opportunity to share how you came to know Christ as your Savior and how He has been working in your life.  Our team will help you through every step of the process. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible.  Here are some recent examples of baptism testimonies:
  • Step 5 – Get baptized! Baptisms take place during one of the Sunday services and include a showing of your pre-recorded video prior to your baptism. Invite your family, friends and co-workers to join in the celebration of your baptism.

What if My Child Asks to be Baptized?

If your child expresses interest in being baptized, we encourage you (as the parent) to listen to Pastor Ken’s teaching on Baptism. We also have some great videos for your kids that can help explain what it means to be a Christian and what baptism is all about. After viewing the videos speak with your child about their decision and if they are ready to go, keep reading.

We do not have a minimum age requirement for baptism but ask that parents use discernment in allowing their child to be baptized. If a child confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and understands what it means to be a follower of Christ, they may be baptized.

If you would like to discuss your child’s readiness for baptism with a staff member, please complete a Connect Form and a member of our team will contact you.

Baptism Next Steps

If you feel your child is ready to be baptized, then please download, print and fill out this Baptism Registration Form – Kid’s Edition.  You can bring your completed form to Guest Services on Sunday morning or to the office during the week.  We will then contact you to schedule a meeting with one of our Pastors to talk through the biblical basis for baptism, review your child’s registration form and answer any questions you and your child may have.  We will also guide you through the remaining steps in the Baptism Process (see steps 3-5).

Here is an example of one child’s recent testimony.

Are Infants Baptized?

Some denominations choose to baptize infants. While we recognize the right of other churches to practice infant baptism, we understand Scripture to teach that only professing believers qualify for baptism. Baptism does not make you a believer; rather, it shows that you already believe. However, at Keystone we endeavor to follow the example of Jesus by welcoming little children into God’s kingdom with a Baby Dedication ceremony.

Baptism Request Form

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized!

Once you submit this form, we will follow-up with you the next available baptism date and a schedule an interview with one of our pastors.

Baptism Decision

We encourage new believers, and believers that have not yet participated in adult Baptism, to take the opportunity to be baptized by immersion. We feel that Baptism by immersion paints the truest picture of “dying to sin and rising to Christ and new life.” We strongly encourage those choosing to be baptized to participate by immersion. We do recognize, however, that some individuals may request Baptism by sprinkling because of a strong personal preference, particularly those based on a compelling physical reason or disability. In these cases, we ask that a brief explanation is provided. Are you able to be fully immersed in your baptism?

Your Story

Baptism demonstrates that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and are willing to publicly identify yourself as a follower of Jesus Christ.

As part of the registration process, we ask that you write a few paragraphs describing how and when you decided to trust Christ alone for your salvation. It\’s helpful for you to recognize the work of the Holy Spirit drawing you to God and the difference Christ has made in your life.

Please describe your experience by including the following three elements in your story. Feel free to use the back of this form or attach a separate document to share this information:

▪ Briefly describe what your life was like before you decided to trust Christ.
▪ Briefly describe how and when you decided to trust Christ alone for your salvation.
▪ Briefly describe how this decision has made a difference in your life.

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