We are excited that you are interested in baptism!
We believe that baptism is an important step of obedience for every person who has accepted Christ as his or her savior. We consider it a privilege to walk with you as you take this next step on your spiritual journey.
What is the meaning of baptism?
It illustrates Christ's burial and resurrection
"Christ died for our sins... He was buried... and He rose again." - 1 Cor. 15:3-4
"For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ." - Col. 2:12
It illustrates my new life as a Christian
"When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!" - 2 Cor. 5:17
"By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead... so also we may live a new life!" - Rom. 6:4
Baptism doesn't make you a believer - it shows that you already believe.
Baptism does not "save" you, only your faith in Christ does that.
Baptism is like a wedding ring - it's the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith... it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." - Ephesians 2: 8-9
This is a section devoted to baptism for kids who are in 2nd through 5th grade! While baptism is AWESOME, it is NOT FOR EVERYONE. The Bible teaches that only people who trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior should be baptized. This means baptism is not for infants.
Every child who wants to be baptized at TVCC must take the TVCC Baptism Orientation with their parents. Dates for this class TBD.
There are three reasons why a Christian should be baptized:
First and foremost, it is to follow the example set by Jesus.
"At that time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan." - Mark 1:9
Christ commanded it.
"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." - Matthew 28:19
It demonstrates that you are a follower of Christ.
"We know that we have come to know him (Jesus) if we keep his commands." - 1 John 2:3
Baptism is a symbolic act that illustrates two things:
Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.
"Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead." - Colossians 2:12
Your new life as a Christian.
"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." - Romans 6:4
Baptism is just a symbol; it isn't what makes you a Christian. Only your faith in Jesus does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring; it's the outward sign of the commitment you made in your heart. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
The Bible says that everyone who is a believer in Jesus should be baptized. A believer is someone who…
Realizes their sin separates them from God
Believes Jesus' death on the cross is the only thing that can bridge the gap between themselves and God
Trusts Jesus alone for salvation
Follows Jesus as Lord
If those things are true of you, you should be baptized! (Acts 2:41; 8:12-13)
In case you were wondering, baptism by immersion means that you get dunked completely under the water when you get baptized.
Baptism by immersion is important because…
It is how Jesus was baptized
"As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water." - Matthew 3:16
Every baptism in the Bible is by immersion
"Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him." - Acts 8:38
The word “baptize" literally means “to dip under water."
It best symbolizes Christ's burial and resurrection
The founders of the major denominations (including Martin Luther, John Calvin and John Wesley) emphasized immersion.
In the Bible, we see parents bringing their children to Jesus. He held them and prayed for them and told us to welcome them. Jesus did not baptize the children, and he did not tell anyone else to baptize them.
We see in the New Testament that only those who intentionally receive salvation should experience baptism. If your child has not experienced believer's baptism, even though they were baptized as an infant, the full meaning and significance of baptism has yet to take place in their life. We strongly encourage your child to be baptized as a believer in Christ.
At TVCC we do not administer infant baptism, however, we do offer baby dedications for parents who want to commit to raising their infant in a Christian home.