Join us for the biggest party on our calendar — our Baptism Picnic and Tailgate on Sunday, May 7th, 12:30p at Dinky Dock Park on Lake Virginia (baptism begins around 1:30p). Everyone is invited out to the lake to celebrate lives changed by Christ. We provide free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies and drinks. You’re welcome to bring your own extras — or team up with your Grace Community to make it a potluck meal. Bring a blanket or chair, too!

Got kids and think they might be ready for baptism? Walk through this journal with them to teach them about it.

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Who Should Be Baptized?

Every person who trusts in Jesus Christ for their salvation should be baptized. Having decided to trust Jesus alone for their salvation, they follow Him in baptism as a symbol of their new life in Him.

“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” (Acts 2:41)

“On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 19:5)

“And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.” (Acts 22:16)

The Bible is clear: the very first step for someone who’s chosen to follow Christ is the sacrament of baptism. We are baptized to follow the example set by Christ (Mark 1:9), because Christ commanded it (Matthew 28:19-20), and because it demonstrates that we are believers (I John 2:3Romans 6:3-4Acts 2:41Acts 8:12).

Obedience in baptism says “I belong to God.” It is a public witness to your faith and a symbol of the transformation of your life — dying to self and coming alive to God. In this way, it illustrates Christ’s death, burial and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3–4Colossians 2:12).

Baptism at Grace is a true celebration of changed lives. Twice a year — usually in April and November — we gather all our campuses together at the lake for a picnic to rejoice in the hearts God is transforming through our church. Want to see what it’s like? Check out the video of our latest baptism below.


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