Baptism

“So, why should I be baptized?”

Baptism is a necessary “first step” for a believer who genuinely desires to follow Jesus Christ. In taking this step, you are showing that a complete change has taken place in your life. You are no longer in charge of yourself. Instead, Jesus Christ has taken over and is now the One you follow completely because of your love for Him. Baptism is not required for salvation, as the Bible clearly teaches that we are saved by faith alone, not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). If baptism lead to something, it would become a “work”. Baptism is commanded in the Bible. It is the “mark” of our identity with Christ. In many ways, baptism is to Christianity as what a ring is to marriage. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words. And the picture portrayed in baptism states a variety of truths:

  • It proclaims Christ’s death and resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
  • It gives public notice to the world that you have a new life in Christ. (Matthew 10:32)
  • It illustrates your death to sin and your resurrection to a spiritual life and lifestyle through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:3-7 & 10-11)
  • It pictures the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:13)
  • It shows that you are a part of the body of believers. (1 Corinthians 12:13)

Our method of baptism is by immersion. We feel that this mode is the one presented in the New Testament for the following reasons:

  • The Greek word for baptism means “to submerge, plunge, drench, saturate, dip”. (Arndt and Gingrich, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p.131)
  • Immersion followed the Jewish proselyte practice.
  • The practice of the early church was immersion.

If you are interested in speaking to someone more about baptism, please contact the church office. You can also download some resource PDFs for a more in-depth explanation on why we believe what we do about baptism at Northgate, as well as things to know in preparation for your baptism, or if you are going to be baptizing someone here at Northgate. You can also submit your request to be baptized by using our online form; just click the button below to get started.