What is Baptism?
How do we baptize?
So which method “works”? We believe no method “works”. We believe Jesus works. And while the Redeemer community baptizes by fully immersing the new believer in water (mainly because the Greek verb “to baptize” means to immerse; to dip, submerge, or plunge), we’ll baptize you just about anywhere as long as you mean to follow Jesus. We’ve even been known to throw a good outdoor baptism celebration from time to time!
Similarly, there’s no precise biblical prescriptor for who does the baptizing. For this reason we love encouraging the person being baptized to choose a Christian believer who’s been significant in their lives to baptize them.
Is baptism required for salvation?
We said that baptism is important. It really is. But being baptized doesn’t save you. Jesus saves you. Baptism doesn’t “work”. Jesus works. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”