Baptism signup

We’re thrilled that you’re signing up for Baptism!

Baptism is a celebration of your relationship with Jesus and your life with Christ. It is an opportunity to “identify” yourself as someone who has decided to follow Jesus. By being baptized, you are announcing that you are choosing to leave your former way of doing life on your own and entering into a new life with God. The practice of baptism is symbolic of this choice as you enter the water and are immersed, dying to the old way of life and coming out of the water, being raised to new life! By getting baptized, you are not declaring that you are perfect, have it all figured out, or have reached ‘super-Christian’ status. In fact, you’re saying almost the opposite. You are saying by this act, that because you have chosen to enter into a new life with Him, He will rescue you from the destructiveness of sin and brokenness and will begin the process of transforming you into the person He created you to be.  

How to Prepare for Your Baptism

Give Yourself Time: 
The celebrations will start promptly at 10:20 am, and the check in time is at 9:15 am in The Prayer Chapel. Therefore please allow yourself time to find parking and check in at The Prayer Chapel.

What to Wear/How to Dress: 
We encourage modest dress and apparel when being baptized.
Men: shorts, shoes, t-shirt
Women: shoes, shorts & t-shirt (with swimwear underneath).
Also be sure to bring a towel and change of clothes.

Be Ready:
Watch our Orientation Video at bottom of page. 

The Importance of Baptism

What is the meaning of baptism? 
It illustrates Christ's burial and resurrection.
"Christ died for our sins... He was buried... and He rose again." — 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
"For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ." — Colossians 2:12

It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
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's the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.
"When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!" — 2 Corinthians 5:17
 "By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead... so also we may live a new life!" — Romans 6:4
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith... it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." — Ephesians 2:8,9

Why be baptized by immersion? 
Because Jesus was baptized that way. "As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water." — Matthew 3:16
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. "...then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water..." — Acts 8:38-39
The Greek word baptize means "to immerse or dip under water". It is best symbolized by a burial and resurrection!

Who should be baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ. "Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized..." — Acts 2:41
"Simon himself believed and was baptized..." — Acts 8:13
"But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News... and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." — Acts 8:12

When are we to be baptized?
 As soon as you decide to follow Jesus! You shouldn’t delay — ideally, baptism is the best first step for new believers.
"Many of them believed… were baptized... that day" — Acts 2:41
At Journey, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.

What if I was baptized as an infant? 
Can I be baptized again? At FAFC we encourage you to identify yourself as a follower of Jesus through baptism. If your first baptism occurred as a decision by someone else (i.e. your parents decided to have you baptized as an infant), then we would encourage you to be baptized again of your own accord. This decision does not devalue your prior family experience, but simply reflects your desire to follow Jesus and be identified as one of his beloved sons/daughters.

Can my family be baptized together? Yes! If each family member fully understands the meaning of baptism and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation and to reconnect with God, we encourage families to be baptized together. It is a wonderful expression of a family’s commitment to Jesus and to journey together in faith!  

Baptism Signup Form

The Bible says that all professing Christians should be baptized (Matthew 28:18-20). Whether you've been following Jesus for a long time and never got baptized or are a new Christian, we would be honored to baptize you!

Orientation Video