The Greek word for baptism, baptizo, literally means to immerse or dunk, and this is the word used to describe Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist. Because Jesus modeled this act for us, we baptize only by immersion.
What about other methods of baptism?
We believe God honors the heart of a person seeking to personally follow Jesus through baptism. Therefore, Citymark Church welcomes a person who has received other methods of baptism, such as sprinkling or pouring, if the person placed their faith in Christ before the baptism and knew they were making a public profession of their acceptance of Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. However, the only mode of baptism that we practice as a church is immersion.
Matthew 3:16 — "As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.”
Colossians 2:12 — "For when you were baptized you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” (Only immersion pictures this reality.)
What about infant baptism?
While we certainly honor the love and blessing of parents, every child ultimately has to choose their faith on their own. Since the Bible pictures baptism occurring only after a person has made a conscious choice to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we encourage anyone who has been baptized as an infant to take part in the meaningful step of believer's baptism. Once someone has personally chosen to place their faith in Jesus Christ, baptism is an exciting first step of following Christ that they won't want to miss!
What about being baptized again?
We recommend that you be baptized if you have not been baptized since making a personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You don’t need to be baptized again if you have been baptized after accepting Jesus Christ but have struggled or strayed from God and are now renewing your commitment. If you are seeking to rededicate your life to God, the best action is to get connected in a Community Group for fellowship and Bible Study, and focus on growing your relationship with Him in community with other believers.