What We Believe About Baptism
Who Should Be Baptized?
Christians believe that Jesus' death and resurrection on the cross provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his or her sin.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized. Baptism is an opportunity for believers to give an outward sign to the church and community of the inward transformation that has occurred in their heart.
What Baptism Symbolizes
Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:
- You have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
- You have shared in His death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life).
- You were symbolically washed clean, and sins were forgiven by His death on the cross.
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God. We immerse at Leesburg Community Church because we believe we are following Scripture that shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in Him.
Can My Family Be Baptized Together?
Yes! If each family member understands fully then meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. Young children who wish to be baptized are asked to meet with our Children's Pastor for a Baptism Class. At Leesburg Community Church, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
What If I Have Special Needs?
All of our Pastors can perform a private baptism in special circumstances.