Water Baptism

We believe…

Baptism is a public declaration of your faith in Christ and your decision to live for him. This is a marking moment in your relationship with Christ symbolizing you are a new creation. It is not necessary for salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 3:18-21). It is taught by Christ as a sign of discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20).  Baptism is a sign of repentance (Acts 2:38). It’s associated with the work of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11; Acts 19:2-6) And it is an outward symbol of death to sin and a resurrected spirit life (Romans 6:1-6).

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    Why Baptism...

    Baptism doesn’t make someone a believer, but it shows what takes place in your heart at the time of salvation, that you: Already believe in Christ as Lord and Savior; Share in Christ’s death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old Life), then rising again (new Life); Were symbolically washed clean, and your sins were forgiven by his death on the cross.

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    Who Can Get Baptized...

    Any person who believes in Christ and desires to take this next step of faith. (We do not baptize infants. We recommend children be 12 years old.)

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    How Do I Get Baptized...

    Register below and attend a one-time class. We will contact you with the date of the next Baptism class. For information call Nancy at 330.966.2800 or email npetroff@firstfriends.org.

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