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What is Baptism?

Baptism is an important act of submission to God that shows Him and others that we are personally trusting Jesus for our salvation. When Christians are baptized, they are immersed in water to identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. 

To talk with someone on our pastoral team about being baptized, please click here.


Frequently asked questions.


1) 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

“When 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


2) What is the significance of Baptism?

Baptism is a public declaration of four very important things:


You are submitting to Christ’s saving work on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins.  “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” Acts 2:38


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


3) I've already been baptized...should I be baptized again?

Your baptism signifies your personal decision to trust Jesus as your Savior, to follow Jesus as your Lord, to begin a changed life, and unite with a new family.  If your baptism did not reflect your personal decision for these life changes, you may consider being baptized again.


4) Can my child be baptized?

We will baptize anyone who understands what baptism represents and desires to make that personal decision and public declaration. We encourage any parents to partner with Thrive Kids to guide your children through these decisions of faith.



For Additional Questions


Greg Marksberry

Lead Pastor

Thrive Church


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