Many of us come from backgrounds where we've witnessed baptism in many different forms. However, we may not be sure why Christians get baptized at all. As we ready about it in the Bible, we see baptism being done for serveral significant reasons. First, baptism identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Colossians 2:11-12, Romans 6:4). Next, baptism is an act of obedience for the believer (Acts 2:38). And finally, baptism is a public testimony, the outward confession of an inward experience. In baptism, we stand before witnesses confessing our identification with the Lord: "I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). It is essential that we understand that baptism does not save our souls, but that it is still very important for all of the reasons given above.


The most essential thing to know about baptism is what has been mentioned above: that it is a deeply meaningfuly practice that is meant for believers who have trusted in Jesus Christ for their salvation. However, because many churches "do" baptism differently, there are a few things that you'll want to know about Abundant Life's traditions in this area.


Abundant Life tries to have at least one baptism service a year. During the service, Pastor Shane speaks briefly about the purposes and meaning of baptism, and then the basptism is performed. At Abundant Life, we practice water baptism, and we fully immerse the person being baptized. Sometimes Shane baptizes the person by himself, but a parent, spiritual mentor or another church leader often assists Shane in the act of baptizing. 


It is important that you prayfully consider the signifance and magntitude of this decision before proceeding with the baptism ceremony. This is an important commitment that should not be entered into lightly. After you sign up using the form below, you will be contacted by Pastor Shane to set up a time to meet to talk over being baptized and answer any questions you may have.