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ABOUT BAPTISM

Jesus himself was baptized to lead the way in teaching us how to go public with our faith. Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others we have personally trusted Jesus for our salvation, and we do this to follow His example. When Christians are baptized, they are submerged under water to identify with the death and burial of Jesus and raised out of the water to identify with His resurrection. We believe that water baptism is a public declaration of three important things: you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are beginning a changed life in Christ, and you are part of a new family.

At Motion Church, we take baptism seriously. It’s important to us because it was important to Christ.

ARE YOU READY TO BE BAPTIZED?

Let us know

When you let us know of your interest in baptism, our team will connect with you and plan the best time to make it happen. They will make sure you understand what will happen and are prepared. Are you ready?

Invite family & friends

Water baptism should be a celebration.  It is a public declaration of a private decision, so be sure to include the people most important to you on this day.

We provide everything you need

Don’t worry about a thing. Our team will already have towels and a t-shirt for you. We even have shorts, undergarments, and anything else you need too.

BAPTISM FAQs

Why be baptized?

Those who are baptized are following Jesus’ example and obeying His command.

  • “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” 
    —Matthew 3:16–17

  • “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.’” 
    —Matthew 28:18–20

What is the significance of water baptism?

Water baptism is a public declaration of three very important things:

  • You are a follower of Jesus Christ.
    “Those who accepted his message were baptized.” —Acts 2:41

  • You are beginning a changed life in Christ.
    “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” —Romans 6:4

  • You are part of a new family.
    “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” —Galatians 3:26–27

I have already been baptized.
Should I be baptized again?

Your baptism should have signified you becoming a follower of Jesus, beginning a changed life, and uniting with a new family. If your baptism did not reflect this change of life, then you should be baptized again.

Can my child be baptized?

We will baptize anyone over age 7 who understands what baptism symbolizes and wants to make that personal public declaration. We encourage any parents to partner with our children and student ministries to guide your children through these decisions of faith.

Can my infant be baptized?

Throughout the New Testament, the Bible teaches that baptism is a public expression of worship symbolizing the new life we have when we follow Jesus. In the Bible we see that Jesus’ parents dedicated him to the Lord (Luke 2:22–40), and he was later baptized as an adult (Matthew 3:16–17).

We understand that some churches practice “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a commitment between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his or her own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed and is different from the biblical examples of new believers being baptized to publicly profess their faith in Jesus. So at Motion Church, we provide opportunities for child dedication and believer’s baptism. To schedule a child dedication, please contact us at info@turningpointcn.com.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP.

Baptism is an outward expression of what you have already decided in your heart. If you are ready to make that public declaration, let us know through the baptism signup form in the button below. 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!