Baptism at the Bridge

“Baptism is a public declaration of a new association” – Pastor Scott

Baptism at the Bridge, get to know us by listening to Pastor Scott’s message on baptism…

Got questions? Read our Baptism FAQ below:

What is baptism?

Baptism is an outward public expression of an inward change. It’s a declaration of how Jesus has changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you have decided to follow Jesus, and it allows them to celebrate with you as a church family (Acts 16:31-34).

It’s not baptism that saves 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 your life– and that’s worth getting excited about!

Why should I be baptized?

Jesus tells us to be baptized and set an 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 go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we will do an about face, we will turn away from a life of sin and turn towards Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).

When’s the best time to be baptized?

When you decide 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, our role is to help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).

When a person of any age decides to trust in Jesus for his or her salvation and they commit to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48) they can be baptized.

Here at the Bridge, we offer children opportunities to express their willingness to follow Jesus and to understand the meaning of baptism through our Bridge Kids children’s ministry. Watch for our family baptism session to find out more.

What’s the difference between immersing, sprinkling and other ways of baptizing?

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 3:16Mark 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).

For babies and young children we offer a Baby Dedication event for families, where we commit as a church family to support you, as parents, in helping you to point your child to Jesus. Contact connect@bridgechurches.ca  to learn more.

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.

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.

Is baptism your next step? Sign up at connect@bridgechurches.ca  to talk with someone about it or fill out a Connect card on the back of every chair in the auditorium, just bring it to the Information Desk and we will be in touch!