FRBC membership isn't required to be baptized, but you do have to believe Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior. Baptism is the outward expression of your inward faith and we believe that you're washed and cleansed by the spirit of God through baptism. We believe in immersion based on the definition and shown by example through Jesus Christ. It's a representation of dying to oneself and rising in Christ.
Why Does FRBC Emphasize Baptism?
A. Jesus ordained and commanded it.
- Matthew 28:18-20; baptism is one of several aspects of the Great Commission.
- John 3:22; Jesus helped His disciples baptize others.
B. The Apostles taught it.
- Acts 2:38; Peter tells the crowd to "repent and be baptized."
C. Acts show believers did it.
- Acts 2:41; 3000 believed, were baptized and added to the church.
- Acts 8:12; Samaritans believed Philip and were baptized.
- Acts 8:38; Ethiopian eunuch was baptized.
- Acts 9:17-18; Saul (Paul) believed and was baptized.
- Acts 10:47-48; Peter baptized the Gentiles who believed.
- Acts 16:14-15; Paul baptized Lydia (with her household).
- Acts 16:33; Philippian jailer was baptized with his household.
- Acts 18:8; Corinthians and leader of synagogue were baptized.
- Acts 19:2-5; Paul baptizes disciples of John the Baptist when they believe in Jesus Christ.
What Does Baptism Do?
A. Baptism isn't necessary for salvation. If a person has received Christ but not yet been baptized, he or she is still assured of eternal life.
EXAMPLE: Luke 23:40-43; The thief on the cross next to Jesus believed and was not baptized, yet Jesus assured him he would be in Heaven.
B. However, baptism is necessary if one wants to be an obedient disciple of Jesus. He commanded it, His apostles taught it and His church has sought to practice it.
C. Baptism symbolizes what has already happened in your life.
- Romans 6:1-6 describes being baptized into Christ's death and resurrection.
- Baptism by immersion in water symbolizes our burial (being covered over with water) and our resurrection (being raised up out of the water) with Christ.
NOTE: The Greek term (baptizo) literally means "to immerse, to cover over completely."