We encourage you to read this comparison. This may help you explain water baptism to your friends and family who may be unfamiliar with this practice.
Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
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 10:48 “And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”
Acts 22:16“And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
Romans 6:3 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?”
Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
Colossians 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.”
Water baptism is one of the two ordinances of the church instituted, as we see in the Scripture above, by Jesus Christ (the other being communion.) While neither one can save you, we are commanded by the Lord to do both. Therefore, water baptism is a regular and important part of CC of Kearny where the body of believers is afforded the opportunity to be obedient to the Lord by following Him in baptism.
While we are not legalistic at Calvary Chapel concerning baptism, we believe that baptism is for believers only. For an unregenerate person baptism is a meaningless ritual. A person should be born again, trusting Jesus Christ for their salvation before they are baptized.
Baptism is for any person who has accepted Christ, regardless of age. Some fairly young children have accepted Christ and understand enough of water baptism to make it meaningful for them. Some families like to be baptized together.
We practice baptism by full-immersion in water unless circumstances do not allow. While the word baptism comes from a Greek root that means to immerse, to dunk under the water, God looks at the heart, and certainly accepts the cup of water poured over the invalid’s head as baptism. We believe that baptism is a symbol that the old man is dead and buried with Christ, and then raised again in newness of life.