water baptism: what does it mean?

At Grace Community, we believe that water baptism is an act of obedience and a celebration of your decision to follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Just as the symbols of the wedding and wedding ring are a declaration of a marriage covenant, water baptism is the outward declaration of the covenant you’ve made with God. As your church, we would like to stand with you as you publicly declare that you have made the decision to surrender your life to the Lord.

What does water baptism mean?

  • It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection (I Cor. 15:3-4; Col. 2:12).
  • It illustrates my new life as a Christian (2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 6:4).
  • Baptism doesn’t make you a believer - it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not save you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring - it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart (Eph. 2:8-9).

Why be baptized by immersion?

  • Because Jesus was baptized that way (Matt. 3:16).
  • Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion (Acts 8:38-39).
  • The word baptize means "To dip under water." The Greek word baptize means "to immerse or dip under water." It best symbolized a burial and resurrection!

Who should be baptized?

Every person who has believed in Christ (Acts 2:41, 8:12-13). At Grace, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.

When should I be baptized?

As soon as you have believed (Acts 2:41, 8:35-38). There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized.

Can my family and friends be baptized together?

Yes! If each person understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family or group tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on others to join you. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.

my water baptism

When and where do I get baptized?

Your baptism will take place after church at Joseph Whidbey State Park beach on the north end of West Beach Road. At the end of the service, Pastor Jake will let the congregation know there is a baptism service and invite them to join you. Please feel free to invite friends and family on your own as well! This is a celebration!

What should I wear for my water baptism?

For modesty, please wear a dark-colored shirt as well as casual shorts or pants and shoes that can get wet. (We don’t recommend going barefoot for safety reasons.)

What else should I bring?

Bring a large towel to help you get warm after your baptism. The water will be cold.

What do I go after the church service?

You may change into your baptismal clothes at the church and then proceed to the beach. There is a restroom at the park if you wish to change out of your wet clothes after you are baptized.