WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Baptism is a beautiful symbol of identification with Jesus Christ and an act of obedience to Him. Jesus modeled the significance of baptism by being baptized Himself (Mark 1:9). He also taught that those who follow Him should be baptized (Matthew 28:18-20). In Romans 6:1-4, Paul explains the meaning of baptism: as Jesus died and was raised from the dead, those who have trusted in Jesus as their Lord and Savior have died to their old way of life and have been raised to new life. Baptism is a way for someone to express that they belong to Jesus Christ and are God's child through faith in Him.
WHAT IS UNDERSTANDING BAPTISM?
Understanding Baptism is a one-session gathering that explores what it means to be baptized and how South Ridge practices baptism. Attending Understanding Baptism is the first step toward this significant spiritual milestone. Understanding Baptism is often led by Nathan Tuckey (Lead Pastor) or Jeremy Moore (Pastor of Community Life). Depending on the ages of those registered, Jon Ciotta (Pastor of SR Students) or Dori Parker (Director of Family Ministries) may also be present to help support our children & teens.
DOES SOUTH RIDGE BAPTIZE INFANTS?
While South Ridge recognizes that some traditions baptize infants, South Ridge practices child dedication rather than infant baptism.
AT WHAT AGE SHOULD CHILDREN BE BAPTIZED?
South Ridge waits until children have personally placed their faith in Jesus and are old enough to fully grasp the meaning of baptism before being baptized (as a general guideline, we suggest that children be at least 10 yrs. old before being baptized). Children & teens who are interested in baptism are welcome to attend Understanding Baptism. For those in 5th-9th grade, it is required that a parent attend along with your child. For those in 10th-12th grade, parents are welcome & encouraged to attend, but not required.
I'D LIKE TO GET BAPTIZED! WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?
Fill out the short form to the right to register for the next Understanding Baptism. Email Jeremy Moore with any questions you may have.