baptism

Water Baptism is a public declaration of our inward, personal decision to live for Jesus and acknowledge that He died on the cross to save us from our sins.
“The old life is gone; a new life has begun.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Accept Jesus as your Savior

Because baptism is an outward expression of inner transformation, the first step is surrendering your life to Jesus and accepting His forgiveness for your sins.

Attend Baptism Class

It is important to know the meaning behind why we get baptized, so we offer a Baptism Informational Class you must attend beforehand. We'll cover the meaning of baptism, what to expect, and more.

Get Baptized

We typically offer multiple opportunities to be baptized throughout the year. They take place at City Church during Sunday morning services.

The very act of baptism, being immersed in water and coming up out of the water, is a beautiful picture of what happens to us spiritually.

Baptism is a visual representation that identifies us with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. When you’re baptized, the act of being immersed in the water represents the death and burial of your old life. When you’re raised out of the water, it represents being raised back to life. (Romans 6:3-5)

We celebrate baptism not just in a moment, but as a way of living and committing to Jesus.

Who should get baptized?

Every person who believes in Jesus as their Lord and Savior should get baptized.  (Acts 8:12)

If you have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior and would like to make a public declaration of that decision, we encourage you to participate in the next baptism celebration at City Church.

Can my child get baptized?

Yes! We love it when children choose to be baptized after making a faith commitment to Jesus. For children ages 10 and under that attend City Church, you can start the process by talking to our City Kids Pastor.  We offer an age-appropriate baptism class for families with children ready to take the next step.

Does City Church baptize infants? 

We do not baptize infants, but we do provide child dedication, which is a public declaration of parents' commitment to raise their children in a Christ-centered home. We know that ultimately, our children belong to the Lord. We also know that it takes a village; and that is why we want to come alongside parents and families in helping raise children to grow in their own personal relationship with Jesus.

If I was baptized as an infant, should I be baptized again?

We encourage baptism when you are able to make a personal decision to fully commit to live for Jesus. (Acts 8) If you were baptized as an infant, you were unable to make the personal decision for yourself, therefore if the Lord is leading you to be baptized, we encourage you to do so as an adult.

Do I need to be baptized to be saved?

No, baptism is simply an outward symbol of an inward commitment to Jesus. It doesn’t “save you” from your sin. Instead, it’s a way for you to publicly proclaim your faith. God’s word assures us “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Why does City Church do full immersion baptisms?

The simplest answer is found in the meaning of the word "baptize." It comes from a Greek word which means "to submerge in water." Also, the practice of baptism in the New Testament was carried out in one way: The person being baptized was immersed, or put completely under the water and then brought back up again. The action of going under the water represents being buried in Christ, and coming out of the water represents being raised to life, just like Jesus did on the cross for the cleansing of our sins.