Baptism is a holy sacrament in The United Methodist Church. For us, it is a time of holiness. We understand that salvation is different from baptism. As United Methodists, we believe that when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior in your heart and you confess your sins, then you are saved. That is it. The Bible is very clear about that.
There is a great story in Acts 16 where the jailer says, ‘What must I do to be saved?’ And they say that, ‘You just need to believe that Jesus Christ is Lord.’ But we encourage you to become baptized because baptism is an outward sign of an inward change. It says, ‘Yes, I am taking a new journey.’ It says in the Bible, that when you are baptized, you are putting on Christ, that you have become a new creature and you’re not just doing it for yourself but you are sharing it in the community. You are saying, ‘This is like my new birthday!’ and so we encourage individuals to be baptized. We encourage families to come and celebrate this in the community because it really is about a new start.
Please contact the Pastor if you are interested in Baptism. From infancy to adulthood, baptism is for you.