When a person decides to follow Jesus Christ, baptism by full immersion in water is the next step in their Christian walk.
Baptism is a sign of a faith already possessed. It is not so much a matter of the water, but a matter of the will – an outward expression of an inward change. It is the opportunity to publicly identify ourselves with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Baptism also shows an attitude of repentance toward God and displays our admission that we desperately need a Savior. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, helps us to fully comprehend the purpose of this fundamental rite:
“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4
By regularly exhorting new believers to symbolically bury their old, sinful nature in a watery grave, our heart at Calvary Chapel is to help them start their new life off with a bang!
If you have never been baptized and would like to be baptized, please fill out a blue card located in the Welcome & Information Center or call at 707-438-0700.