There is nothing we celebrate more than baptism.
Baptism is the public declaration of a life surrendered to Jesus. When you are immersed into the waters of baptism, you receive the gift of salvation, the remission of your sins and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Just as Jesus died, so does your old self. And just as He rose from the dead, so are you risen from the weight of death, made a new person in Christ.
If you’re ready, so are we.
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT BAPTISM
Victory's View On Baptism
Baptism is a positive command. Depending on whom you ask, you will hear different traditions, teachings and opinions on the subject of baptism. Though there are multiple opinions, Victory strives to model itself in accordance to the scriptures.
At Victory, we practice baptism of the repentant believer by immersion in water. We do immersion baptism because that's how the New Testament church did it, and we are commanded to do it.
The act of immersion symbolizes, according to the teaching of scripture, the burial of the old self and the resurrection of a new life with Christ.
When Should Someone Be Baptized?
A person should be baptized at the time he or she puts their faith in Jesus Christ. The bible teaches that we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). In the New Testament Church, a person's baptism was always the first expression of faith, not separate from it. At Victory, we ask that a person be baptized at the point that he or she is ready to make a commitment to Christ.
Should A Person Ever Be Re-Baptized?
Any person who has trusted in Jesus Christ as the only Son of God and who has been willingly immersed into Christ may become fully engaged at Victory, whether the baptism occurred at Victory or elsewhere. Re-baptism is allowed for those who may lack confidence in their initial baptism experience, or if their heart was not right with God at the time. Anyone who has fallen into sin after having been baptized should repent and seek forgiveness, but re-baptism is not necessary (Acts 8:13-24).
Does A Person Have To Be Baptized During A Worship Service?
No. In fact, the biblical model was "immediately" (Acts 8:38, 16:33), yet baptisms during gatherings are encouraged at Victory because they provide the opportunity to testify your faith and show humility.
Ultimately, you can be baptized at anytime. We know this is an extremely important decision in your faith, and we are willing to work with your schedule the best that we can. Just let us know when works best for you.
If you are ready to be baptized, or would like more information concerning baptism, you can fill out an information form HERE, or contact one of our ministers through the office at (317) 736-8364.
Specific Contacts are:
Josh Cadwell, Lead Minister, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Davis, Executive Minister, email@example.com
David Wheatley, Connections Minister, firstname.lastname@example.org
Zach Wilkins, Student Minister, email@example.com
Evan Denief, Kids Minister, firstname.lastname@example.org