Here are some answers to some of our more frequently asked questions regarding Baptism.
1. Why should I be Baptized?
As Christ followers, we get baptized because Jesus commands us to do so. Here are the instructions Jesus gave his own followers.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28: 19-20
Jesus also set the example by being baptized Himself (Matthew 28: 19-20, Mark 1:9). Baptism isn’t about being perfect or having our whole life together, it’s about a step of obedience to Jesus that shows we believe in and follow Him. 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 and we turn toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).
Reasons why a person should be baptized:
To obey the commandments of Christ.
To publicly show that a person is now a disciple of Christ.
To follow in the example of Christ.
Baptism is a symbol of our unity with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. We get to publicly proclaim/celebrate our faith in all that he accomplished in these acts through baptism.
4. Why do we baptize by immersing people in water?
Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion, and Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10). Being submersed in the water represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus gave us a fresh start in life (Romans 6: 3-5)! It’s a beautiful picture of what Jesus has done for us, and a reminder of His own death and resurrection.
14. I was Baptized as a baby, should I be baptized as an adult?
If you were baptized as an child, it means your parents had a desire to see you grow up to follow Jesus with your life. We think that’s great. Now we would invite you to take a next step of baptism by immersion and make that faith your own personal choice. Even if you have been following Jesus for years, but haven’t been baptized by immersion, we think it’s an important step for you.
If you have been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, there is no need to be baptized again. However, if you’ve never been baptized as an adult after personally choosing to follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, we invite you to take your next step of being baptized.
15. Once I sign up to be baptized, what happens next?
A member of our team will contact you, explain your next steps and help you through an online baptism class.
All baptism candidates are asked to complete a baptism class. At this class you will learn more about this next step in your spiritual journey and understand what Quest Church believes about baptism. You'll also get some helpful tips for writing your story!
17. Do I have to tell my story on a video?
All of our candidates will be asked to prepare their story to be shared. If you are being baptized on a Sunday throughout the year, you will be asked to share your story on video. If you are being baptized on a special Baptism Sunday, some stories will be shared on video while others will be read aloud by a reader prior to your baptism.
6. Who will baptize me?
All candidates are baptized by our lead Pastor or elder at Quest. If you have someone in your life who has really made an impact on you spiritually (ex. small group leader, Christian mentor), they are welcome to meet you when you exit from the tank.
13. Does the water wash away my sins?
Whether it’s water in a lake or water in a tub, there’s nothing special about the water that is used for baptism. The Bible is clear that we are saved by God’s grace, not by baptism, not by our own works. Baptism is not salvation; Christ’s blood on the cross is really what washes away sins and pays our debt. It’s better to think of it like this: baptism is to salvation as a wedding ceremony is to a marriage. It’s an external declaration of an internal event. We believe there is a transformation that takes place in us when we are water baptized.
18. What if I still believe it’s a technicality?
If you’re holding off on being baptized because you feel it is unnecessary, take some time to examine your motives and pray for God to help you grasp His heart on baptism. Ask yourself, “Why is it that I don’t want to be baptized? Am I willfully disobeying?” If you’re waiting for God to directly prompt you to be baptized, you need not wait any longer. He already makes that challenge to each Christ-follower by his Word.
12. Do you have to be baptized to be a Christ-follower?
It’s clearly established in the Bible that you become a Christian by accepting God’s free gift of grace. For example, the thief on the cross hanging beside Jesus was saved on the spot and was never baptized. While baptism is not what saves us, baptism is necessary in that Christ commands it. All genuine Christ-followers should want to obey Jesus by doing what he said, and by doing what he did. Even Jesus, the perfect Son of God, showed us the importance of baptism by being baptized himself.
10. What are some common misconceptions about baptism?
BAPTISM SAVES - A Christian is saved solely by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The grace is given mysteriously when a Christian has confessed faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism is an outward testimony of a person’s belief in Christ alone for salvation. The gospel is one of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone. (Ephesians 2:1-10)
BAPTISM IS NOT NECESSARY - Jesus gave the command that all believers should be baptized in the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. We believe that obedience to the Lord’s commands are necessary. So, while baptism does not save, it is required as a faithful obedience to the scriptures.
2. Where does the Bible describe baptism?
Matthew 3:13-17 - Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him,”Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Acts 8:35-39 - Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
Acts 16:30-33 - Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.
Other Passages - Mark 1:4-5, Mark 16:16, Luke 3:16, and Acts 8:12
5. Who should be baptised?
Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ. When Paul writes to the believers in Rome, he assumes that all of them have been baptised (Romans 6). The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ!
“Those who accepted his message were baptised.” Acts 2:41
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptised, both men and women.” Acts 8:12
We believe in baptising children when they are old enough to understand what it means and make a personal declaration of belief.
9. Improper reasons for avoiding baptism?
Fear. The most common reason most people delay baptisms is due to fear of a public confession. Such anxiety or fear should never hinder a believer’s obedience to the Lord.
Not being good enough. If a person has been saved by Jesus Christ, they have been sanctified by his grace and deemed perfect in the sight of God. Therefore if we have been united with Christ, and our right to enter baptism is founded upon His perfect righteousness, than a person should be baptized with confidence in obedience to the example and command of Christ.
11. I've beem baptized before, but I don't think my faith was genuine. Should I get baptized again?
If you genuinely trusted Christ as your Lord and Savior at the time of your baptism, understand that you’re baptism can never be “invalid” or “wear off”. But if you have concern that your faith was not genuine at the time of your first baptism, you may be baptized again. Remember, however, that baptism neither saves you nor ensures your salvation. Similar to the instance above, if you were baptized as a child, and, you feel your faith was not genuine at that time, you may be baptized again.
3. How should I be baptized?
As per the example of Jesus – by being immersed in water. The word “baptise” comes from the Greek word “baptise” which means “to immerse or dip under water”.
Quest Church practices baptism by immersion because this method is most prominent in scripture. The following verses support a baptism by immersion:
“As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion under water. The book of Acts shows us that this was the norm for every believer.
“Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptised him. When they came up out of the water…”Acts 8:38,39
8. Where should a person be baptized?
The bible does not teach of a specific location, but we prefer to practice baptisms in the context of the local church in order to allow the congregation to celebrate together in the person’s act of obedience to the Lord.
16. Is there a Baptism Class required?
Yes, for all who are interested in baptism for themselves or their children we ask that you attend a baptism class. In this class, we discuss the meaning and significance of Christian baptism as well as the United Methodist understanding of the sacrament. We also address questions about the logistics of the worship service. Total class time is about one hour.
7. When should a person be baptized?
Believers in the New Testament were baptised the same day. As soon as a person decides to believe in Christ, he can be, and is encouraged to be baptised.
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).
“Those who accepted his message were baptised.” Acts 2:41
“Then Philip began with that very passage of scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they travelled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptised?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptised him.” Acts 8:35-39