Baptism Q & A

Once you've made the decision to follow Jesus, the next step is to share your decision with others through the act of BAPTISM.

1. What does the word "Baptize" mean?

It means to plunge, to immerse. This outward symbol represents an inward spiritual participation in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Our old life of sin is buried with Christ and we are raised to live in His resurrection power. (Romans 6:3-11; Colossians 2:12-15; 3:1)

2. Who should be baptized?

Only those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. (Acts 2:41) First we must receive God’s Word, then be baptized. (Acts 8:12, 35-39; 10:44-48)

3. Why should a believer be baptized?

Because it is a commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ. "Go ye therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19)

4. Does baptism save my soul?

No. In the Book of Acts, nobody was baptized to be saved, but all were baptized because they had been saved. Read (Acts 9:18; 10:44-48; 16:14-15; 20-34; 18:8). 1 Peter 3:20-22 makes it clear that only Jesus’ blood washes away our sins.

5. Do I have to be an Oneonta member to be baptized?

No. Formal membership to Oneonta Church is not required to be baptized. However, baptism does welcome each believer into God’s Family and membership into Christ’s Church.

6. How many times does a person need to be baptized?

Only once. Just as we are saved only once, baptism isn’t required multiple times. If a Christian is struggling in sin and falls away from fellowship with the Lord, they only need to confess and receive Jesus’ forgiveness again. (1 John 1:5-10) However, if you were baptized before becoming a believer and you sense God is calling you to willingly and publicly proclaim your faith in Jesus, our minister will baptize you.

7. Which ways does Oneonta baptize?

Oneonta recognizes and practices both sprinkling and immersion baptisms for all ages, depending upon your preference.

How to prepare for baptism


We will set a meeting for you to talk and pray with one of our pastors beforehand.


Bring an extra change of clothes, socks, and a towel.


Prepare a short answer to the following question: Who is Jesus to you?

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