Living water

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. – Romans 6:4 (NIV)


What is Baptism?

Baptism is the biblical way to publicly declare that you have trusted Christ for your salvation. By being submerged in water and lifted out, you illustrate your death and burial with Christ and resurrection to a new life with Him (Colossians 2:12; Romans 6:4). You show that you have died to sin, put faith in Christ, become a part of Christ’s body, and intend to walk in obedience to Him.


Who gets baptized?

The people baptized in the early church had all believed the gospel message preached to them (Acts 2:41; 8:12; 8:35-38; 16:14-15; 16:30-33). They had repented of their sin and trusted Jesus as their Savior. At Bethel, we ask each baptism candidate to share how he/she became a believer.


Why get baptized?

  • Obedience to the command of Jesus (Matthew 28:19)
  • Adherence to the example of Jesus (Mark 1:9,10)
  • Clear expression of repentance and belief in Jesus (Acts 8:12)
  • Identification with Christ as a member of His body
    (I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27).

Baptism is required for church membership at Bethel.


How do I get baptized at Bethel

People are baptized in various times at Bethel throughout the year. At Richland campus, baptisms are performed on the 3rd Sunday of every month. Before being baptized, you are asked to attend an information meeting or personal interview with a Bethel elder or leader where you will complete a brief study of baptism and share how you came to trust Jesus as your Savior. Contact your campus office or Dale Shaver if you want to be baptized or learn more about baptism at Bethel.