Going public with your faith
Baptism is a deeply meaningful, symbolic act that publicly demonstrates a person's decision to follow Jesus Christ.
If you've decided to dedicate your life to following Jesus, you may be wondering what's next on your journey. We invite you to watch this video as our senior pastors talk about the significance of your decision to follow Christ and the meaning of baptism.
How can we help you take a next step?
Whether you're ready to go public now or you've got some questions about baptism, let us help.
When is baptism?
We celebrate baptism monthly, typically on the last weekend of the month.
How do you baptize?
We baptize by immersion, or placing a person under water.
Whom do you baptize?
Many Christians who were baptized as infants ask if they need to be baptized again. Our answer is to follow the biblical order: first follow Christ, then be baptized as a follower of Christ. We believe baptism is available to anyone who has made the decision to place their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior. (See Acts 2:38; 8:12-13; 22:16.)
If your elementary-aged child is asking questions about salvation or baptism, we encourage you to attend a one-time class for parents and kids called Start Here. Start Here is one of the prerequisites for an elementary-aged child to be baptized at Preston Trail.
We baptize believers in Jesus. We believe the New Testament teaches that followers of Christ are conscious of their decision to follow him before they are baptized.
Why should I be baptized?
To follow the example of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17)
To obey Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20)
As a sign of loyalty to Jesus (Acts 16:32-34, Acts 18:8)
To portray the death and resurrection of Jesus (Romans 6:3-4)
To enter into community and covenant with other believers (Acts 2:41, 44)
To share the joy of new life in Christ (Mark 8:38)