Baptism

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Made New

Baptism declares to the world you’ve trusted Jesus, joined God’s family, and made a commitment to follow Jesus, heart, and soul. It’s pretty special!

At The Alliance we believe Baptism is an outward display of an inner reality. In baptism we identify with Christ’s death tand resurrection. Because the Great Commission commands us to baptize (Matt. 28:19-20), we view baptism as an important step for all believers.

Please read our FAQ’s below and reach out to info@yakimachurch.org and let us know that you are interested in taking this important step in your faith journey! You can also let us know you’re interested in baptism by clicking the “register for baptism” button above.

Common Questions

What is Baptism

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward reality. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34).

Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!

Why should I be baptized?

Why does baptism matter? Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized Himself (Matthew 28:19-20Mark 1:9).

Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can truly change us (Acts 2:38-41).

When is the best time to be baptized?

For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step! Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).

Do you baptize children or infants?

As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).

Any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). At The Alliance, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.

If your child has already asked Jesus into his life, we recommend you explain what baptism is and what it means as a family. Facilitate the conversation, but don’t dominate it. Allow your student to express their trust in Jesus and desire to be baptized.

What’s the difference between immersing, sprinkling and other ways of baptizing?

Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16Mark 1:10).

Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being submersed underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life (Romans 6:3-5).

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