Baptisms are happening at NCC's annual All Church gathering Sunday, October 29! Email us if you'd like to be baptized.

Why should I be baptized?

For two thousand years, baptism has been the defining mark of every follower of Christ. It’s a step of obedience in our faith journey in which we declare to the world who we are and, most important, whose we are. We declare that we are no longer who we were, but that we are people who are free from the past and filled with hope for the future. It’s the affirmation that we are no longer clinging to edges of an old life, but that we are going all-in in new life in Christ.

Baptism immerses us into the story of Jesus. We die to all that is old and bury it under the water. And then we are raised in the power of His resurrection to the new life we can experience in Him. This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Baptism is also a sacred marker of your decision to follow Jesus. It is a reminder of the forgiveness, freedom, and relationship He initiated with you. On some days, it is hard to really believe we are still forgiven. Some days, we find ourselves wrestling with old hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Some days, we just don’t feel like Jesus is very close. Those are the days when we can cling to that moment of baptism to remember that it’s not about what we’ve done for Jesus, but what Jesus has done for us.

If you have made a decision to follow Jesus and have not yet been baptized, we would love to be a part of that step in your faith journey!

Why do you dunk people under water?
The word “baptism” literally means to immerse under water. It is a powerful metaphor for dying to self and coming alive to new life in Christ—you go under the water to identify with Christ’s death and burial (and symbolizing death to self) and you come out of the water to identify with Christ’s resurrection (and symbolizing your new life in Him).

Is baptism required for salvation?
No. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, and salvation is a free gift of God that cannot be earned by any good works. Baptism is an act of obedience to Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). 

What if I have already been baptized?
If you've already been baptized by immersion after making a personal decision to follow Christ, then you do not need to be baptized again—even if you walked away from your faith for a period of time. Baptism isn’t about our commitment so much as it is a symbol of the commitment God makes in His redeeming work in our lives. If you were baptized as an infant or before you made a personal commitment to follow Christ, then we would encourage you to be baptized again to proclaim your faith on your own.
If you're interested in being baptized or have more questions, email us