Baptism comes from the Greek word baptizo, which means: “to immerse or dip under the water, to cleanse by submerging”. This word refers to permanent change.
A symbolic representation of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, illustrating that we are putting our sins to death and rising into a new life that can only be found in Jesus.
An outward declaration of the inward changes in a believer’s life.
An act of faith after salvation, and an act of obedience in response to Jesus’s command to follow His example and be baptized (Matt. 3:13-17).
A public declaration of your commitment to Jesus and a public confession of your faith in Jesus. It connects us to the body of Christ and joins us with other believers.
By confirming our position in Christ, baptism also affirms the blessing of God in our life. When we affirm that we are His children, we receive the blessings of our Father (Eph. 1:3-5).
Baptism is not an act of salvation, because we are saved by faith in Jesus alone. However, baptism is an important step in a believer’s walk with Jesus. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave His disciples a list of instructions for how to proceed in finishing the work He began on earth. We call this the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20).
It is impossible to follow Jesus and neglect baptism. It is an integral part of your faith journey. Baptism is the necessary step between the first moment of salvation and the life-long process of maturing in your faith and conforming to the image of Jesus.
As soon as you have made the decision to believe in Jesus and follow Him for the rest of your life, you are ready to be baptized! We encourage you to do so without delay. In the Bible, we see that new believers in the book of Acts were baptized immediately following salvation (Acts 10:34-48). Therefore, you are ready to be baptized as soon as you understand the simplicity of what baptism means and are ready to declare that you want to follow Jesus forever.
Your baptism will be far more significant, powerful, and meaningful when it is done corporately with the support of your church family. Because baptism is designed to be a public declaration of faith, it loses some of its significance and importance when it is done outside of the intended context. Additionally, we want to celebrate your decision to join Jesus in His death and resurrection with you. As soon as you accept Jesus into your heart, you are a new creation. God has big purposes for your life and this is something worth celebrating! (2 Cor. 5:17)
While it may seem intimidating to share your story during your water baptism, the testimony is a very significant and very important part of your water baptism experience. In Revelation 12:11, the Bible says that “we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.”
Therefore, the baptism story is an important opportunity to share about everything God has done in your life. You will be able to encourage others, give hope to others, and build the atmosphere of the faith in the room in a special and powerful way that only your story can accomplish. Sharing your story publicly is an avenue to more freedom in your life, and an avenue to breakthrough for someone else in the room.
We do not want you to feel nervous or anxious about what to share or how to share it, because we have a Baptism team that is ready and happy to help you through this process. Our goal is to give you a safe and positive experience sharing your story, and we want to set you up to win!
The nerves that you might be feeling are completely normal! Please feel encouraged and strengthened to move forward with your decision to be baptized without letting any doubt or fear that you aren’t ready yet seep in. Our baptism team has seen nervous people walk into the baptism tank every weekend, but God is always bigger than the nerves and He is faithful to show up every single time and give them every ounce of peace, strength, courage, and confidence they need to be obedient and share their story.
If you are feeling any nerves or hesitation, remember that you have authority over those feelings because God will fight for you (Exodus 14:14). God has given the gift of peace to every baptism participant that has come before you, and He will not withhold this from you either!
There is a direct connection between our obedience and our love for God. God always rewards obedience, especially when you step out of your comfort zone in faith. His great love for you will cast away your fears (1 John 4:18). Therefore, even if you have to get baptized afraid, be confident that His perfect peace is going to strengthen you and sustain you.
It is important that baptisms are conducted in a public setting where your church family can be included in celebrating and supporting your decision to be baptized. The Biblical model of baptism demonstrates that this decision is a public response to salvation and a public demonstration to the church body. Though it might seem tempting to get baptized privately, this decision would not follow the Biblical model and misses out on the symbolic significance of publicly declaring your commitment to Jesus. If you are feeling any hesitation, be encouraged that there is no condemnation, shame or fear in Jesus. We would hate to see you miss out on an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, because, you will be met with God’s presence and peace every time.
Because of baptism’s significance as a public declaration, our weekend services are the only opportunity that exists for being baptized at The Father’s House.
“Openly declare that Jesus is Lord…it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10)
There are opportunities to get baptized during very weekend service.
Baptisms are held during the last weekend of every month.
East Bay + Roseville Campus
Baptisms are held intermittently. If you are interested, please click on the “I Have Decided” button to fill out the form now so we can add your information to our waiting list and share more information with you as soon as it is available. It is our goal to hold baptisms at the campus as frequently as is needed, depending on demand.
Congratulations! This is the first day of the rest of your new life in Jesus, and it is filled with the hope and promise that your best days are ahead of you.
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Baptism Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
TFH Office: (707) 455-7790