What is Baptism?

Simply put, baptism is an outward sign of an inward change. Water baptism is only intended for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ’s atoning work and become His disciple. Therefore, in obedience to Christ’s command and as a testimony to God, the church, oneself and the world, a believer should be immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that a person’s former way of life has been put to death and depicts a release from the mastery of sin.

As a symbol, baptism illustrates a number of significant realities:

  1. Christ’s death and resurrection
  2. The disciple’s union with Christ in His death and resurrection
  3. The new life in which a disciple walks
  4. Cleansing and washing away of sin

Why Should a Person Be Baptized?

  1. To obey the commands of Christ
  2. To evidence that a person is a disciple of Christ
  3. To follow the example of Christ

What's my next step?

If you'd like to tallk with a pastor about being baptized, please begin by filling out THIS FORM.  Once we receive that, a pastor will contact you to set up a time to talk more about baptism. We want every person who is baptized at Mill Creek to be able to clearly articulate that they understand and believe the gospel, understand what baptism is, and can answer why they would like to be baptized.

For parents who are discussing baptism with their children, we offer an extremely helpful booklet titled "Baptism: A Guide for Parents" at our Welcome Center.