Baptism is an important step of obedience for every person who has placed their faith in Jesus.

It’s a way for Christians to identify themselves with Christ and go public with their faith. The baptism process at The Ridge has been designed to help you understand and prepare to take this next step in your journey.

Jesus said, “Go, therefore, 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

Next Baptism Date:
Sunday, February 3, 2019

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The Baptism Process

Register online for the baptism process. Space is limited in each service. Meet with a church staff member to talk about baptism, and your own story of faith. Write your personal faith story.  Don’t worry—we will help you! Get baptized, and show that you have placed your faith in Jesus!

Questions about Baptism

What is the meaning of baptism?
  1. It illustrates Christ’s death and resurrection. “…Christ died for our sins… He was buried… and He was raised again on the third day.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “Having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12
  2. It illustrates my new life as a Christian. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 “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
Who should be baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ. “Those who believed and accepted his message were baptized…” Acts 2:41 “Simon himself believed and was baptized…” Acts 8:13 “But they believed Philip as he preached the Good News… and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” Acts 8:12
Why should I be baptized?
  1. To follow the example set by Jesus. “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” Mark 1:9
  2. Christ commands it. “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 28:19,20
  3. It symbolizes that I really am a Christian. “…many of the Corinthians who heard Him believed and were baptized.” Acts 18:8
Why be baptized by immersion?
  1. Jesus was baptized that way. “As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16
  2. Every baptism in the New Testament was by immersion. (Example) “…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:38-39
  3. The word “baptize” means immerse. baptizo [Gr.] “to immerse or dip”
  4. It best symbolizes the object of our faith: a death and resurrection.
When can my child be baptized?
At CRC we wait until people are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
Do you have more questions?
If you’d like to speak with a staff member about baptism, please email baptism@theridge.church or call (304)594-0548.  We’ll be in contact with you as soon as possible.