Taking Your Next Step


Water baptism publicly declares we belong to Jesus and belong to His family. Baptism follows Jesus' example of being baptized during His time on earth. When we are baptized, we identify with Jesus' death and burial by being immersed in water and with His resurrection by being raised out of the water.

"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." (Matthew 28:19-20)



Why be baptized?

Those who are baptized are following Jesus’ example and obeying His command.

  • “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
  • “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.’” —Matthew 28:18–20
What is the significance of baptism?

Water baptism is a public declaration of three very important things:

  • You are a follower of Jesus Christ.
    “Those who accepted his message were baptized.” —Acts 2:41a
  • You are beginning a changed life in Christ.
    “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
  • You are part of a new family.
    “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” —Galatians 3:26–27
If I have been baptized, do I need to get baptized again?

Your baptism should have signified you becoming a follower of Jesus, beginning a changed life, and uniting with a new family. If your baptism did not reflect this change of life, then you should be baptized again.

Can my child get baptized?

We will baptize anyone over age 8 who understands what baptism symbolizes and wants to make that personal public declaration. We encourage any parents to partner with our Shores Kids and Shores Students ministries to guide your children through these decisions of faith.

Can my infant be baptized?

Throughout the New Testament, the Bible teaches that baptism is a public expression of worship symbolizing the new life we have when we follow Jesus. In the Bible we see that Jesus’ parents dedicated him to the Lord (Luke 2:22–40), and he was later baptized as an adult (Matthew 3:16–17).

We understand that some churches practice “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a commitment between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his or her own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed and is different from the biblical examples of new believers being baptized to publicly profess their faith in Jesus.

At Church at the Shores we provide opportunities for child dedication and believer’s baptism.

Can I reaffirm my baptism?

Yes. We realize all of us go through seasons in our spiritual life. You might be a Christian who has come out of a long season of not following Jesus and you are coming back home to Him. If that is the case, we would be honored to help you reaffirm your faith through reaffirming your baptism. Just fill out the sign up below and a team member will follow up.

Does baptism save you?

Our salvation is not based on our baptism, but on the death and resurrection of Jesus. Baptism does not save us. Jesus saves us. We don’t get baptized to be saved, we get baptized because we are saved.


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