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Baptism

If you’ve been around NewPointe much at all, you know that baptism is a big deal around here—a REALLY big deal. When you accept Jesus as the forgiver of your sins and the leader of your life, baptism is the next step of obedience. And we want to celebrate your faith in Jesus Christ with you!

Baptism is explained in step one: BELIEVE of DISCOVER Track. We believe the local church is the hope of the world living and teaching the truth of Jesus Christ. DISCOVER Track is designed to help you understand how that works. You will learn about NewPointe’s vision, mission, and strategy to bring hope to the world and how you can be part of it! DISCOVER Track consists of four steps, and you can jump in at any time and in any order.

In step one, discover NewPointe’s story and the incredible future God has for you. Learn more about what we believe about Jesus, His church, and your next steps. Step one takes place the first Sunday of every month at 9 a.m. Baptisms are celebrated and can be scheduled for any first Sunday of the month, at 9 or 11 a.m. Step one is just 60 minutes, and you can just show up. Kids go to their regular environments.

You may fill out the baptism application below but please note that participation in and completion of step one of the DISCOVER Track is a requirement for baptism.

Because almost every church practices some form of baptism, people often have questions: Why should I be baptized? Does it matter if someone is sprinkled or dunked? What if I've already been baptized - do I have to do it again? Take a few minutes to read the answers to these common questions about baptism listed at the bottom of this page.

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If you're ready to take the next step toward baptism, want to know more about the process, or would like to learn about our beliefs, please begin the application process.

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BAPTISM FAQ

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 (Acts 16:31-34).

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!

Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9). Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about 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).

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).

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 NewPointe, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.

Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10).

Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being submersed underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life (Romans 6:3-5).

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.

God never asks us to take a next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He says.