The scripture shows that baptism is by immersion in water. (Act 8:38, Romans 6:3-4) You must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38).
The pastor may say: "Upon the confession of your faith I now Baptize you in the name of Jesus Christ!"
A symbol of Burial and Resurrection
Col 2:12 "Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead."
Baptism is a symbol of Christ's burial and resurrection.
An Act of Obedience
Jesus gave commandments for us to be baptised. Matthew 28:19-20
A Public Declaration
Baptism is a public declaration that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. You declare that Jesus Christ is your Lord (master) and Savior. It is the next step after repentance and is an important foundation for the Christian life.
We do not baptize infants nor sprinkle with water.
Acts 2:38 "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
Acts 8:16 "For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."
Acts 10:48 "And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days."
Acts 19:5 "When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."
Acts 22:16 "And now why do you delay? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name."
1 Co 12:12 "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. "
1Co 12:13 "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. "
Everyone must acknowledge that they have sinned, repent of their sins and ask God for forgiveness.
Rom 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; "
1Jn 1:8 "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
1Jn 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. "
We Speak in Tongues when we initially receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Mar 16:17, Acts 2:4, Rom. 8:26)
Joh 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. "
Joh 3:4 "Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? "
Joh 3:5 "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. "
Rom 8:9 "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. "
Rom 8:10 "And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. "
We believe in the Pre-Tribulation rapture. The church will be taken out of the world before the Tribulation starts.
Our Lord and Savior will return for his Church at any moment.
1Th 4:16 "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:"
1Th 4:17 "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
* We primarily use the King James Version (KJV).