Baptism is a huge celebration at The District Church. We baptize those who have made a decision to accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord — it is an outward and public expression of an inward and personal reality, and we do this in obedience to Jesus' command in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
What is the meaning of baptism? The word “baptize” means “to dip or immerse”. It illustrates Christ's death, burial and resurrection. “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)
Why Should I Be Baptized?
- To follow the example of Jesus. Baptism was the first thing Jesus did before beginning his ministry. “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.” (Matthew 3:16)
- To obey Jesus’ command. Baptism was the last thing Jesus called for after his resurrection before returning to heaven. “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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19–20)
- To join with the historical church—the body of Christ. There are two sacraments of the church, two things that Jesus did and asked his followers to do: communion and baptism. The church has responded faithfully to Jesus’ call to observe these practices for 2,000 years. By being baptized you are joining billions of others who have put their faith in Christ and made this decision public.