BAPTISM

“Go therefore 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)

What is Central's view of baptism?

We believe that baptism is a visible obedient response from someone who identifies with the death and resurection of Jesus. Believers in obedience to his command are immersed in water (Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 2:41), symbolizing dying to one’s self and rising to new life (Romans 6:1-6).

Baptism was commanded by Jesus as an initial act of discipleship. In the early church, baptism was practiced at conversion to Christ (Acts 2:38-41; 8:12). There was no such thing as an unbaptized Christian in the first century. It is our practice to encourage baptism on profession of faith in Jesus.

"All In" Commitment

We are always excited to do baptisms because for many people, their story and walk with God is made up of ups and downs, and when they start to get serious about discipleship, this is often what God calls them to do. Baptism for them is an “all in” decision. A day, an action they can look back to, when they made public what was private, or non-existent, until then. This is how the imagery of the Bible works. It pictures washing, resurrection, and new life.

How do I get baptized?

If you would like to be baptized, all you need to do is let a pastor know. He will follow up with you and make sure that all the details are arranged. An easy way to take this step is to email a pastor.