What is Baptism?

At RRCC, we baptize through immersion (full submersion underwater) upon a person's confession of faith. Baptism symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. If you've come to the place of desiring to be baptized, we'd love to talk with you! Contact Pastor Craig or call our office. 

Romans 6:1-11

 1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 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.

 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 

As a church of Anabaptist lineage, we do not baptize infants as we believe that baptism should be the person's decision to get baptized. We do child dedications, however. Contact Pastor Ellen for more details.

Why do we baptize?

First, we baptize because baptism is Jesus’ command. It is not an option. In the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), Jesus declared his supreme authority in heaven and earth and then commanded his disciples to make disciples and to baptize them.

Second, we baptize because of Jesus' example. If there was anybody who wouldn't have needed to be baptized, it was Jesus. He was fully God as well as fully human and sinless. And yet, a reader through the New Testament only reads a couple of pages before encountering the surprising account of Jesus' baptism.

Third, we baptize because baptism is a public act of commitment. We may pray to accept Christ privately, but we need to express that decision publicly. For Jesus, baptism was a public act of commitment to be about the mission his Father had sent him to earth to accomplish.

Fourth, we baptize because baptism is a public testimony of what Jesus has done for us: it illustrates that our sins have been washed away and that we are dead to sin but alive in Christ. What a wonderful picture baptism is of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and the death and burial of our old nature and resurrection to a new life in Jesus!

How Do I Get Baptized at RRCC?

Just a few steps to getting Baptized:

  1. Attend a Baptism/Membership class.
  2. Sign the RRCC Membership Covenant, affirming your alignment with our Confession of Faith.
  3. Share your testimony with the elders and then the church.
  4. Get baptized by full immersion.
For further info on getting baptized, please feel free to talk to Pastor Craig.