Baptism

At The Crossing, we believe that transformation is the expectation of every believer.

What is Baptism?

Baptism is central to the Christian faith. The Bible teaches when an individual accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior they are ready for baptism. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward decision declaring Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Baptism doesn't make you a believer but shows you already believe. Baptism is an act of obedience because Jesus instructed us to be baptized.

Frequently Asked Questions

Review some of the answers to the most frequently asked questions about baptism.

Baptism at Home

We are so excited that you are making this decision! We as a church are here for you and any questions you might have. Find more information about at-home baptism in the document below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I be Baptized?

Because we want to be obedient to Christ. He said: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit …” Matthew 28:19 (NASB). Baptism is an acknowledgement of your faith in Christ before family and friends.

If you’ve given your life to Jesus and have never been baptized, baptism is your next step. Sign up or learn more at thecrossinglv.com/baptism.

What Does Baptism Mean?

Baptism follows salvation and is a public profession of your faith in Christ.  It is your next step after surrendering your life to Jesus Christ.

Baptism symbolizes Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.  “...that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised…” I Corinthians 15: 3-4 (NIV) 

Baptism illustrates a believer’s new life as a Christian: “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4 (NASB). Baptism does not save you, but rather is an outward expression of the inward decision you have already made accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord & Savior.

When Should I be Baptized?

When you decide to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. There is no reason to delay. You are ready to be baptized the moment you give your life to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you’re waiting until you’re perfect, you’ll never be ready. “Those who had received his word … were baptized and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” Acts 2:41 (NASB).
It is also important to know that it is never too late to be baptized. Many people, for a variety of reasons, wait and decide to be baptized well after becoming a Christian. While there is no reason to wait, it is important for a believer to be baptized even if it has been years since becoming a Christian. 

Should I Be Re-Baptized?

The question, “Should I be baptized again?” can be confusing and sometimes the answer is yes and at times no.  If you were baptized as an infant, we are thankful for your parents’ decision to commit to raising you to know Jesus, but when you make the decision to surrender to Jesus and declare Him as your personal Lord and Savior, then we believe the next step is baptism.  We believe baptism follows salvation and is a public profession of your faith. The Bible says, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38).

There are times when a person is baptized, but not for the right reasons, such as it seems like what they are ‘supposed to do’ or there’s pressure from family and friends.  If that person then repents and surrenders their life to Jesus, being baptized again is an appropriate step in declaring this step of faith.  

Perhaps there is a season of drifting and walking away from God. Their step of rededication would not be to be re-baptized back into the faith. They have already been obedient to Christ and their original baptism remains valid, but rather confession and repentance - turning from those choices. Obedience in their actions will be the evidence of your recommitment to God.