Baptism: A Celebration of Faith!

Baptism is a beautiful and meaningful service in the Christian faith. It's a public declaration of one's commitment to Christ and a powerful symbol of spiritual rebirth. If you're considering baptism, or simply curious about its significance, this Q&A page is for you!

Commonly Asked Questions

1If I don’t get baptized, am I still saved?

Yes, water baptism cannot save you. Our salvation is considered a gift from God through faith in Jesus Christ, and baptism is a symbol of that faith. Salvation is not something we earn because of a work we’ve performed. (Ephesians 2:8-9).

However, baptism is still considered an important step of obedience and a meaningful act of identification with Christ.
2Will I go to hell if I’m not baptized?
No, not getting baptized does not automatically condemn you to hell. While some Christian denominations hold different views, most Baptists believe salvation is primarily based on faith in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice. Baptism is seen as an outward expression of that internal faith, but not the sole determinant of your eternal destiny.
3If I was baptized as a child, do I need to be baptized again?
If you were baptized as a baby/child, before you could choose to follow Jesus for yourself, your parents hoped you'd grow up to follow Him. Getting baptized as an adult isn't a "do-over" - it's like finally saying "yes" to Jesus, making your parents' hope come true.
4What does it mean to get baptized?
Being baptized signifies a believer's personal decision to follow Jesus Christ. It's not a requirement for salvation, but rather an outward expression of the inward change that has taken place in their heart. Baptism symbolizes:

  • Union with Christ: Through immersion in water, we identify with Christ's death and resurrection. We die to our old life of sin and are raised to new life in Him.

  • Forgiveness of sins: Baptism washes away our past sins and grants us a clean slate before God.

  • Membership in the body of Christ: Baptism welcomes us into the community of believers and signifies our commitment to living as Christ's disciples.
5Why is baptism important for Christian believers?
There are many reasons why baptism is an important part of our faith as Christians. Through this act we are:

  • Following Christ's command: Jesus himself was baptized by John the Baptist, and He commanded his disciples to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19).

  • Public declaring our faith: Baptism is a way to publicly declare your faith in Christ and your commitment to follow Him. It's a powerful testimony to your family, friends, and the church community.

  • Acknowledging our spiritual renewal: Baptism serves as a reminder of the cleansing power of Christ's sacrifice. It's a fresh start and a source of strength and encouragement as you walk in your faith.

While some Baptist churches practice sprinkling or pouring water on the head of the person being baptized, at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, we practice the believer's baptism by immersion, meaning the person being baptized is completely submerged underwater. This symbolizes the death and burial of the old self and the resurrection to new life in Christ.
6I'm interested in getting baptized, but I'm nervous. What should I do?
If you're feeling called to be baptized, don't let nervousness hold you back! We welcome you to talk with our deacons, care counselors, and/or our pastor, Bishop Rockett with any concerns or need for clarity. They can answer any questions you have and guide you through the process. Remember, baptism is a joyful celebration of your faith, and it's a decision you should make with confidence and excitement.
7What if I've already been baptized at another church?
If your previous baptism was done as a believer, it's generally recognized by any church. However, if you feel called to be baptized again, some churches, including PRBC, will allow it as a personal reaffirmation of your faith.
8I'm ready to get baptized! What are the next steps?

Congratulations! Getting baptized is a beautiful decision and a part of your personal journey. Take your time, ask questions, and seek guidance as needed. Ultimately, the decision to be baptized is yours, and it should be a joyful celebration of your faith in Jesus Christ.

When you’re ready, we welcome you to contact our church office at 517-882-8012 or fill out the form below to schedule you baptism.
9When are baptisms performed?
Baptisms are performed on the first Sunday of each month at the beginning of service. Changes to dates, times, or location are at the discretion of our pastor, Bishop Rockett.