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Twice a year—once in the spring and once in the fall—we take Summit on the road to Bethune Beach for baptisms. These days are highlights of the year for the Summit community. There’s nothing quite like an afternoon at Florida’s beautiful east coast, picnicking with your church family, worshiping together in the warm afternoon sunshine, and hearing God’s Word preached right there in the park. But our favorite part, and the reason we go, is what comes next: We all walk down to the water’s edge, and hundreds of people cheer, clap, and hug while those who have decided to take this step walk boldly into the ocean and are baptized—telling everyone present that they are not ashamed to follow Christ. We hope everyone will come celebrate with us at Beach Baptism on April 19th. But more importantly, we want to encourage anyone who has been wondering whether baptism is your next step.

Why should I be baptized? Baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Christ, fulfilled by individuals who have submitted themselves to His sovereignty.

What is the meaning behind baptism? Baptism symbolizes the spiritual cleansing through divine forgiveness and the newness of life experienced by believers by virtue of their identification with Christ in His death and resurrection. Baptism provides an opportunity for believers to make a formal profession of their faith before the church.

What is the biblical basis for baptism? In Matthew 28:19–20, Jesus commands His followers to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit…” Baptism is the means by which followers of Christ are identified.

In passages such as Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47–48, it is evident that baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for salvation. Baptism was never intended to provide salvation for an individual, but rather to publicly identify a person with Christ. In Romans 6:1–11, the apostle Paul explains how the immersion mode of baptism identifies the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Going under the water represents Christ’s death, and coming out of the water illustrates His resurrection.

I think I’m ready to be baptized this weekend. Now what? If you’d like to be baptized this weekend, please fill out a registration form by clicking here!

If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for in this post, please visit our Baptism page, give us a call at (407) 897-8130, or email summit@summitconnect.org. We want to answer any questions you might have and help you feel confident in your decision!

 


Beach Baptism is this Sunday, April 19th! The event begins at 2:30 p.m. with a picnic (we’ll provide hot dogs and chips!), followed by a worship service at 4 p.m. and baptisms at 5 p.m. For more details, maps, and parking information, please visit summitconnect.org. See you at the beach!