When asked the question, “Are you saved?” many will answer, “Yes, I was baptized as a child.” This is a misunderstanding of baptism, and consequently, salvation according to the Bible.
The Greek word baptizo means to submerse; therefore, PBC practices a full immersion baptism as an outward demonstration of an inward transformation. In other words, it is not the baptism that saves you, rather it is by grace through faith that one is saved (Eph. 2:8-9).
Based on the Scriptures, baptism is to follow salvation (Acts 2:38, 10:47) as a public recognition that one is a Christ-follower, a Christ-one, a Christian, that he/she has been not only buried with Christ, but risen with Him (symbolism in the baptism itself) to walk in the newness of life as a new creature in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).
The baptism itself is merely symbolism of what has happened spiritually in a believer’s life.
We openly call anyone who has called on the name of the Lord for salvation to be baptized by immersion publicly (if you have not already) in obedience to the Scriptures.
Please speak to Pastor Ron if you are ready to be baptized!