The membership of First Baptist Galax is composed of persons who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and who have publicly shared their witness of this through baptism, and who presently seek to order their lives in accordance with His teachings. Members are accepted by transfer of letter from another Christian church or by statement of faith and believer’s baptism. A person may be accepted by majority vote of the membership present after his or her name has been presented.
Should you desire to become a member of First Baptist Galax, we recommend that you contact Pastor Sam Bartlett firstname.lastname@example.org prior to making that commitment.
We are excited that you are interested in baptism. We believe that baptism is an important step of obedience for every person who has accepted Christ as his or her Savior. The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when a person places their faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus as the payment for their sin. If you have done that, then you are ready to be baptized. Just like a bride and groom show others their love for one another by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is your opportunity to show others that you have accepted Jesus as Lord of your life and are now walking with Him.
If you have any questions about how to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, please contact us.
What Baptism Symbolizes
Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:
- Accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
- Shared in His death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life).
- Were symbolically washed clean, and sins were forgiven by His death on the cross.
The Baptism Process
The baptism process at First Baptist Galax has been designed to be both simple and meaningful. Each step has been carefully planned with you in mind. It begins with you contacting Pastor Sam in person, through the church office, by email or over the phone. Pastor Sam will then meet with you to discuss the significance of your step of faith through baptism and set up a time for you to video record your personal testimony.
What to bring to your baptism
We will provide you with a white robe to wear over your clothing. You will need to bring a towel, a change of clothes, and possibly a hair dryer and personal necessities.
Making Your Video
One of the most powerful aspects of baptism at First Baptist Galax is the video testimony shown right before your baptism. The video allows you to share how Christ has been working in your life. Prerecording allows you to do as many takes as necessary, while sharing the message you have thoughtfully and prayerfully prepared ahead of time. Many people ask, “Do I have to do the video?” The answer is “Yes”! Baptism is meant to be a public profession and it is an incredible opportunity to share God’s message of redemption with others. We have witnessed the life changing effect these videos have had on people’s lives.
Another important reason we do a video is that we as a congregation grow in our faith by watching these stories. It allows friends, family, and even those you don’t know to celebrate the amazing transformation God has worked in your life.
Some people are nervous about taping their stories, but we work hard to make the process both simple and fulfilling. We want baptism to be a meaningful and enjoyable experience, and we look forward to walking through it with you! If you have any questions or need help preparing your testimony, please contact us.