WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Believer’s Baptism is an outward expression that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It represents what has taken place inwardly at the time your relationship with Christ began…when you accepted Jesus Christ’s gift of grace He offers to each of us.
We are baptized because Jesus asks us to follow Him in this experience. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19) As stated here, we see it happens after choosing to become His follower, thus it is Believer’s Baptism.
Fox River Christian Church practices total immersion baptism because we believe scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the mode for profession of faith in Him. However, the method of water is not the focus, rather the state of the heart at the time of baptism.
A person has not been baptized (as Scripture explains it) if he has only been christened as an infant or as a child before his personal relationship started. Infant and child baptism, in some denominations, is a decision made by the parents that they are dedicating the child’s life to Christ and will raise the child as a Christian.
Here at Fox River, families celebrate child dedication as a symbol of their intent to raise that child as a follower of Christ. When someone is baptized in Believer’s Baptism after he has accepted Christ, it is a decision that he has made for himself. For parents, this can be viewed as a completion of what they started.
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Note: If you are thinking about becoming a member of Fox River Christian Church, Believer’s Baptism is one of the requirements. Believer’s Baptism is not synonymous with membership, and we do not want someone to get baptized just to become a member. However, we want our members, those leading others into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, to have this firm foundation of a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Believer’s Baptism is the outward sign that they do have this relationship.