Baptism

We are so excited that you’re interested in learning more about baptism.

BENEATH THE WATER

Each week, we make it available to celebrate those who have made the decision to declare Jesus as Lord and Savior by being baptized. We believe that baptism serves as a symbol of the burial of the old self and the resurrection of your soul to walk in life with Christ, and we love celebrating that!

We are so excited that you’re interested in learning more about baptism. The following scriptures explain the different ways that baptism beautifully illustrates what it means to walk in fullness of life with Christ. The old has gone, the new has come!

DEATH

“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4 ESV

CLEANSING

“And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 3:21 NLT

COVENANT

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33 ESV

NEW LIFE

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.” John 3:3-6 NLT

Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone who is willing to turn their old life over to Christ and confess their belief in Him should be baptized (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38-39).

The word for “baptism” in the New Testament is the Greek word baptizo, which means “to immerse in water.” The New Testament says baptism represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:1-5). Baptism serves as a symbol of the burial of the old self and the resurrection of the believer’s soul to walk in life with Christ. Therefore, at Utah Valley Church, we baptize people by immersing them in water. If you have been sprinkled, we would love to talk to you about why immersion is important.

A person should be baptized at the time he or she trusts in Christ. The Bible teaches we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), but in the New Testament church, a person’s baptism was always the first expression of faith, not separate from it. Therefore, baptism was not just a symbol or a memorial of faith, but was intended to be a benchmark of transformation, marking the place and time a person made a commitment to Christ (Romans 6:1-8). At Utah Valley Church, we like to follow the original pattern and practice of baptism. Therefore, we encourage a person to be baptized at the point that he or she is ready to make a commitment to Christ.

Rebaptism is encouraged for those who lack confidence in their initial baptism experience because they don’t remember it, it was a requirement of a previous religion, they were coerced, or their heart was not right with God at the time.

The act of baptism cannot save an individual. We are saved only through accepting Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Baptism demonstrates the believer’s acceptance of Christ, His grace, forgiveness, and eternal life.

A person should be baptized to follow the example of Christ (Matthew 3:13-17), to obey Christ’s command (Matthew 28:18), to illustrate the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16), to embrace the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38), to express trust in Christ (Acts 8:12-13), and to testify to God’s work in his or her life (Romans 6:1-8; Galatians 3:27).

You can come in your normal clothes and we’ll provide a place to change. You can bring almost anything to be baptized in, but shirts and shorts that are non revealing when wet work best. You may bring your own towel as well but we will provide towels for you too!

Yes! Invite your friends and family, as this is an awesome moment for them to witness the difference that Jesus has made in your life.

We invite you to have the person who led you to Christ or someone who encouraged you along the way to baptize you. Or, if you prefer, one of our pastors would be happy to baptize you.

There isn’t a specific age retirement for baptism. However, we only encourage baptism for children who are at a place in their own personal faith journey to fully understand this commitment.

 If you feel like a child is ready for baptism, one of our Children’s Ministry leaders would love to talk with you and your child about their next step as they follow Jesus.

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