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WHAT IS IT?

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 it allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34).

Baptism is a celebration of salvation. The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that is worth getting excited about!


WHY SHOULD I BE WATER BAPTIZED?

Jesus wants us to be baptized. (Matthew 28:19-20).

We are baptized in obedience to Jesus. It demonstrates that we have turned away from a life of sin and turn toward Jesus and follow Him.

Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him.


WHEN SHOULD I BE WATER BAPTIZED?

For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism can be the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).


CAN CHILDREN BE WATER BAPTISED?

Yes!

As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but each individual must decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).

At River Stone we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.

WHAT IS IMMERSION?

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).

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).

ARE YOU READY TO BE WATER BAPTIZED?

We offer classes to help you understand the significance of your decision and to let you know what to expect during your baptism. We also want to celebrate with you on your special day.

→ If you have any questions or would like to be baptized, please contact the Church Office. 613.622.5929

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