What is Baptism?

The dictionary describes baptism this way: [bap-tiz-uh m]–noun
1. a ceremonial immersion in water as an initiatory rite of the Christian church
2. a purifying experience or initiation

At NorthStar we describe it this way:

Baptism is simply a public statement of a private decision.
One of our favorite analogies is that of a wedding ring:  A ring on a person’s finger doesn’t MAKE them married, it’s simply an outward symbol of their commitment to their spouse.  Likewise, getting baptized doesn’t MAKE someone a Christian; rather it’s a public way to show others of a private commitment to follow Christ. Make sense?
If you have baptism fears, check out our VIDEO that takes a lighthearted look at some of the common fears and misconceptions about being baptized.
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