Baptism was given to the Church by Jesus. Baptism is for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ's atoning work and become His disciple. In obedience to Christ's command and as a testimony of faith, a believer should be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Water baptism symbolizes a person's union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that a former way of life has been put to death and depicts a release from the mastery of sin, as well as serving as the visible and verbal proclamation where God's people align publicly with Jesus Christ. Church at Bergen practices and teaches believers baptism by immersion for those who profess personal faith in Jesus Christ. In baptism, we see a beautiful image of the salvation of the sinner, as they confess Christ, representing the revelation of God to the heart of the sinner, immersion into the water, representing the death and burial of the old self, washing in the water, representing the cleansing of all unrighteousness, and emerging out of the water, representing the birth of the believers new life and self in Christ. Baptism is a visible representation of the invisible transformation that takes place during salvation. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36–38; Romans 6:3–5; Colossians 2:12; Acts 10:47-48).
While this is our only practice of baptism, we will allow people into membership who have been baptized in other traditions as long as it was performed by a true gospel preaching local church, in the name of the triune God, and the person evidences conversion.
We believe baptism is an act of joyful obedience to identify with Christ and his people. We do not believe that baptism saves a person, rather it is the sign and seal of God's saving work in a person's life and in adding new people to his covenant family.
Our 2018 baptism celebration service is scheduled for Sunday April 8. If you are interested in being baptized, you are required to attend our baptism class Sunday, January 28 from 12:00-1:30 after the service. Register for class below.