Salvation and Baptism
Salvation is the process of trusting in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins. It is commonly called “saving faith.”
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. -Romans 10:9-10 (ESV)
This decision is the beginning but not the ending of what it means to follow Christ.
Learn more about what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
A person who receives Jesus Christ as Savior by personal faith, and who indicates a commitment to follow Christ as Lord, is a candidate for Baptism.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is by immersion in water and is an important step in your commitment to follow Christ. Baptism announces our new life as a follower of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Baptism doesn’t make you a believer…It is a proclamation that you already believe and therefore, should follow a decision to follow Christ. Baptism illustrates Christ’s death, burial and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Baptism follows the example Jesus gave us when He was baptized (Mark 1:9) and commanded us to be baptized (Matthew 28:19-20). Baptism by its very meaning, “to immerse or dip,” gives us the form of baptism we practice – immersion. If you’re a believer, you should be baptized.
It doesn’t matter if you were saved 20 years ago or today. Why not go ahead and take that next step in your faith journey? We regularly schedule baptisms during our worship services and would gladly provide a time for you!
It is God’s plan that you belong to a local church. If you are reading this then God must be guiding you to clarify whether Northside is that church. We always stand ready to help you CONNECT through worship and small groups, LIVE a vibrant faith in your home and community, and to find your place to SERVE.