Baptism signup

ARE YOU WANTING TO BE BAPTIZED?

Congratulations on your decision to be baptized! We are so excited to celebrate with you as a church family!
Please fill out this form and click submit so we can prepare well for you.

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is My Son, Whom I love; with Him I am well pleased."

Matthew 3:16–17

BAPTISM

Baptism signifies you becoming a follower of Jesus,
beginning a changed life, and uniting with a new family.

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life.
Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you.
Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!

FREQUENTLY ASKED BAPTISM QUESTIONS

It's ok to have questions about baptism!
Below are some frequently asked questions; if your question isn't answered please use our contact form to ask it!

WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?

Jesus instructs us to be baptized and sets the example by being baptized Himself
(Matthew 28:19-20,Mark 1:9).
Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. Because Jesus went public with His love for us, we can go public about with our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only One who can change us
(Acts 2:38-41).

WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?

For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).

DO YOU BAPTIZE CHILDREN?

As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).
Any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). At LAVC, we encourage parents to help determine if children is truly able to express their own decision to follow Jesus and fully understands the meaning of baptism.

DO I NEED TO BE BAPTIZED AGAIN?

If you haven’t been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take your next step of being baptized. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again.

THE PURPOSE OF BAPTISM

Today, baptism is a person's identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

"... We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 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. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we will certainly also be united with Him in a resurrection like His. For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin - because anyone who has died has been set free from sin." Romans 6:2-7

Baptism is an ordinance given to the Church by Jesus Himself. "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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Baptism is a necessary act of obedience in the life of a believer. It is a symbol of disassociating with past beliefs and behavior to say "I identify with Jesus, His message, and His life." We are publicly stating that we belong to Him, we love Him, and that we're not ashamed of the One who gave His life for us so we could come into a relationship with Him.

We often say, "Baptism is an outward sign of an inward commitment."

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