The Rock Church

Baptism

Baptism has nothing to do with a person actually receiving eternal life – that’s a free gift. But getting baptized should be one of our first steps of obedience after accepting salvation through Jesus Christ.

Baptism is a public testimony identifying a believer with Christ. In New Testament times, slaves were often baptized after they were sold. This showed the community that the slave now belonged to a new master. In the same way, by being baptized a new believer is declaring to everyone that he now belongs to Christ.

Water baptism is also a symbol of a believer’s spiritual regeneration in Christ. When a believer goes under the water, it symbolizes that his old life is dead and is being buried with Christ. When he comes up out of the water, it symbolizes that he has been raised to a new life (Romans 6:3-4).

Since baptism is a picture of the “new birth” experience of becoming “dead to sin and alive to God,” only the person having had that experience can be baptized. Philip said in Acts 8:36-37, “If you believe … you may.” Baptism is true baptism only if the person being baptized has already been saved.

A great place to to learn more about baptism is in this study.

If you would like to be baptised, please fill out this form below. Baptisms are the last weekend of the month.

What to bring?

We care a lot about dignity and discretion at The Rock, so we request that men wear long shorts or swim trunks with a dark Tshirt, and we ask that ladies wear a swimming suit underneath long shorts and a dark Tshirt (you may use any of the restrooms for changing). And you’ll obviously be getting soaked, so don’t forget a towel and a change of clothes.

Why do we film your testimony?

Mainly because we love to hear everyone’s stories! Filming also takes the edge off of possible stage fright while providing a seamless introduction of those being baptized. It’s quick, easy, and conducted with care, and you’ll receive a copy of your interview.