Water Baptism

Water Baptism


One of the most meaningful steps we can take as believers is to obey the Lord in water baptism. For most people, this is a milestone event in their walk with Jesus and demonstrates in a visible manner a person’s internal decision to follow Christ.


If you have accepted Christ as your Savior and are ready to be baptized, it would be an honor for us to walk alongside you as you take this step in your spiritual journey. We celebrate baptism at Bent Tree in our worship experience several times during the year. Read below to learn about what Bent Tree believes about water baptism, then start the process whenever you're ready!


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Water Baptism: Five Important Questions


  • What is the meaning of water baptism?
    Baptism is an outward manifestation of an inward reality. In Romans 6:3-5 Paul says, "Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 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. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection." When a person trusts Jesus as Savior, they also become an immediate participant in the death, burial, and resurrection life of the Lord. The old person they were before trusting Christ (i.e., dominated by the sin nature) has died and they have been raised as a new person with new life (i.e., with a capacity for spiritual things and a permanent relationship with God).


    The external act of water baptism pictures the internal spiritual "baptism" by the Holy Spirit, which occurs at the moment of salvation. It is a public declaration that a person has become a part of the body of believers. At salvation, the Holy Spirit joins the believer to the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Paul says, "The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body — whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit to drink."

  • In order to receive salvation, is it necessary both to believe in Jesus personally and to receive water baptism?
  • Why should a person receive water baptism?
  • Should infants receive water baptism?
  • What is the proper method of water baptism?