Baptism doesn't make you a believer - it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not "save" you, only your faith in Christ does that.
Baptism is like a wedding ring - it is the outward symbol of the commitment you have made in your heart.
If you have any questions about the significance of baptism, please contact one of our pastors.
Why should I be baptized?
To follow the example set by Christ.
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Mark 1:9
Because Christ commands it.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...” Matthew 28:19
It demonstrates that I am a believer.
...many of the people who heard Him believed and were baptized. Acts 18:8
What should I wear when I’m baptized?
Most women wear shorts and a t-shirt type top that maintains modesty when wet. Men usually wear shorts and a shirt of some kind.
Will I have to say anything?
Just “yes”, when the pastor asks you if you profess your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
What if I've already been baptized?
Our church recommends that you be baptized again if you have not been baptized by immersion since you became a believer. It doesn’t devalue a prior experience but simply reflects your desire to be baptized in the same way Jesus was baptized.
Can my family be baptized together?
Yes! If each family member understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment.
Can my child be baptized?
At Southwinds, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism. In order to make sure that children fully understand the meaning of salvation and baptism, we ask parents to go through a provided workbook with their child.