Lake Placid Baptist Church

Sharing Christ With The World!

Baptism

Very regularly at LPBC, people who have trusted in Christ as Lord and Savior make a public declaration of their faith in Jesus through believer’s baptism. Baptism is you saying to the whole world, “I am a follower of Jesus Christ!” Baptism does not save a person, but baptism is important as an act of obedience to Jesus.

In the spring and summer, people are baptized in the lake (Lake Placid). During the fall and winter, people are baptized in the baptistry at the front of the sanctuary. The meaning of baptism and the mode of baptism at LPBC are listed below, along with important verses from the Bible.

MEANING OF BAPTISM

1. By being baptized, you follow the example of Jesus.

  • The Bible says that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River.
  • “After Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately out of the water.” Matthew 3:16

2. By being baptized, you identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

  • “Having been buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12

3. By being baptized, you illustrate your new life in Christ.

  • “Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.” Romans 6:4
  • “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

4. By being baptized, you demonstrate your obedience to Christ.

  • Jesus said, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19

MODE OF BAPTISM

1. Jesus was baptized by immersion (fully immersed under the water).

  • “After Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately out of the water.” Matthew 3:16

2. The New Testament believers were baptized by immersion.

  • “So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3000 people were added to them.” Acts 2:41
  • “Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.” Acts 8:38

3. The New Testament word “baptize” comes from the Greek word “baptizo” which means to fully submerge in water.

  • In everyday Greek life, a person who was a dyer of cloth would “baptize” the piece of cloth into the water to make it become the intended color. You cannot accomplish this by pouring or sprinkling.
  • Another use of the word “baptize” in Greek language was to describe a ship that had sunk at sea. They would say that the ship was “baptized.”

4. Therefore, the mode of baptism at Lake Placid Baptist Church is full immersion.

  • We believe that immersion most clearly demonstrates our obedience to Christ, most clearly illustrates how we have been washed clean by the blood of Christ, and most clearly identifies us with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

PHOTOS OF RECENT BAPTISMS

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INTERESTED?

  • Perhaps you are interested in talking with us more about being baptized. If so, please contact our church office or one of our pastors and we will answer all of your questions, and help you to be completely obedient to Christ.

VIDEO OF EMILY’S BAPTISM

  • CLICK HERE to watch a 2:39 video of Emily, an student from Taiwan, who was baptized at Lake Placid Baptist Church to declare to the whole world that she is a follower of Jesus Christ!

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