You may have accepted Jesus at Love Church, or somewhere else, maybe even years ago, but you haven’t been baptized yet. Jesus said, “Believe and be baptized.” So regardless of when or where, if you’ve made a decision to put your faith in Jesus, we want to help you take your next step of obedience by getting baptized.
Our mission at Love Church is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus.
Your decision to follow Jesus was a personal and private one—just between you and God. Baptism is an outward expression of that inward decision. It’s where you go public with your faith. It’s your next step in walking out your full devotion and obedience to Jesus.
While we offer baptisms at our physical locations, we also understand that is not possible for everyone. Whether you’re unable to attend one of our in-person services for various reasons, or as part of Love Church Online, we are committed to helping you take this next step! (If this applies to you, when filling out the baptism form, you will choose ‘At-home/remote’ baptism. When you fill out and submit the form, someone from our team will reach out to you personally to help make your baptism a special and memorable moment!)
Our next baptisms are on October 23
WHAT IS BAPTISM?
WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
Can I be baptized if I'm not able to attend an in-person service? I'm either part of Love Church Online, or I'm not physically able to attend an in-person service due to various reasons.
(If this applies to you, when filling out the baptism form, you will choose ‘At-home/remote’ baptism. When you fill out and submit the form, someone from our team will reach out to you personally to help make your baptism a special and memorable moment!)
While we offer baptisms at our physical locations, we understand sometimes attending in-person is not possible for everyone. To help you take this step when you don’t have the convenience of a traditional ‘at church’ baptism, we’ve put together some FAQ’s and instructions just for you!
1. Who should be water baptized?
Anyone who has placed their faith in Jesus
2. Who can baptize me?
Any believer and follower of Jesus can baptize you. It could be a friend, parent, family member, etc. There is no requirement to be able to baptize someone other than it being someone who is a believer and follower of Jesus. It doesn’t need to be a pastor or church leader who baptizes you, however, baptism should never involve ‘self-baptism’.
3. Where can I be baptized?
You can be baptized anywhere there is a body of water! It could be a pool, river, ocean, lake, hotel swimming pool, hot tub, etc.. And for children, it could even be done in a bathtub. It can be any body of water where you can be fully immersed under the water.
4. Why is full immersion important?
Colossians 2:12 says, “For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.”
Matthew 3:16-17 – “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
The Greek word from which we get the word baptism is “baptizo”, which literally means “to immerse”. All water baptisms in scripture were by full immersion.
5. What should the person baptizing me ask me and declare over me?
The qualifications for the person you choose to baptize you are that they are a believer and follower of Jesus.
They should ask you the following questions:
- Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
- Do you believe that Jesus died and was raised to life?
- They then will declare over you, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
6. If you sign up for your baptism to be done ‘At-home/remotely’, someone from our team will reach out to you with special instructions regarding your baptism. We would love you to send us your baptism story, pictures and/or video from your baptism that we can share with our Love Church family as we celebrate your special day! We will go over all of that with you after you sign up. Also, we will mail you a baptism t-shirt to be baptized in. The t-shirt is also a gift to you from us, for you to keep as a memento for your baptism!
WILL I BE IMMERSED COMPLETELY IN THE WATER OR SPRINKLED?
Baptisms at Love Church are full immersion, meaning all of you goes under the water. We don’t get into the theological debate of sprinkling vs immersion. We just believe in full immersion because of what Jesus has done for us, to show the transforming, amazing power which is salvation.
WILL I GET MY HAIR WET?
WILL I FEEL DIFFERENT?
WHAT DO I WEAR?
WHERE DO I NEED TO GO ON BAPTISM DAY?
CAN I INVITE PEOPLE TO SEE ME BE BAPTIZED?
Absolutely! Invite your family and friends to come celebrate this special moment with you.