Why Are Believers Baptized?

The Bible teaches us that every believer should be baptized as an act of obedience (Acts 2:38). Water baptism is the outward testimony to the inward work of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life when personal faith is placed in Jesus Christ as savior (Acts 8:27-39).

Choosing to be completely under the water (immersed) is a true picture of how the old sin nature of the believer dies and is buried (going under the water), as well as the resurrection stepping into the new nature of the believer (coming up out of the water).

Baptism Steps

Step 1: Download Baptism PDF

Download the baptism PDF to follow along as you watch the baptism video in step 2.

Download Baptism PDF
Step 2: Watch the Baptism Video

Watch the video below to learn more about the purpose of baptism and what to expect.

Step 3: Fill Out The Baptism Form

After completing steps 1 and 2, fill out the baptism form below.

Fill Out The Form
Step 4: The Day of Your Baptism

BRING: a towel and a change of dry clothes. Towels are available if needed.
REMOVE: leather belts, watches, billfolds, glasses, etc.
WEAR: dark colored clothing. You will receive a free black Sonrise T-Shirt.

Water Baptism is a public testimony of faith in Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in you. True Christianity is not just an agreement with a set of beliefs but also evidence of changing from man’s ways to God’s ways. (Romans 8:29) We believe it is important for your life to show evidence of change. This is not about being perfect, no one is, but it is about beginning the process of taking on new beliefs, attitudes, actions and lifestyles by the work of the Holy Spirit who now lives in you. One of these areas for change relates to living together outside of marriage. We believe the Bible teaches that this is for a man and a woman who are legally married to each other. In the New Testament, we are told to abstain from all evil and appearance of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22) For these reasons, we will not baptize an individual or couple who is/are living together, unmarried. If necessary, the pastor involved in your baptism will talk to you about your living situation.