Grace Bible Church affirms believer’s baptism (credo baptism). Though baptism is not essential for salvation, it is important. Baptism affirms one’s personal profession of salvation, and welcomes a believer into the family of a local church. Here is a summary of our understanding of baptism from the Scriptures (these beliefs are also supported by The 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith):
Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament instituted by Jesus Christ. It is intended to be a sign of fellowship with Christ in his death and resurrection, of being united in Christ and of the remission of sins. It also indicates that the baptized person has given himself up to God, confessing Jesus Christ as Lord, so that he/she may live and conduct themselves ‘in newness of life.’
See Romans 6:3-5; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12.
We believe that baptism is a matter of obedience. Jesus instructed his followers to baptize disciples. We baptize those who have become disciples. This baptism involves a public affirmation of one’s identity with Christ Jesus, wherein a person is immersed in water, in the name of the Father, and the Son and of the Holy Spirit.