What Canyon Believes About Baptism

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What Canyon Believes About Baptism

We believe that you are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. We categorically reject any teaching that requires baptism for salvation. However, we do believe that the Scriptures command every believer to be baptized as soon as they are able after they receive Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior. (Eph. 2:8-10)

The Lord commanded His disciples to baptize all disciples (Matt. 28:18-20). In the early church believers observed the Lord’s command by baptizing those who were saved (Acts 8:38, 10:44-48, 16:31-33. 18:8).

Baptism is a public declaration of a believer’s commitment to Christ. The symbolic meaning is explained in Romans 6:1-4 and we believe is best portrayed by immersion in water. When a person goes under the water, he/she identifies with the death of Christ. To come up out of the water is symbolic of sharing in the resurrection of Christ out of death.


Who should be baptized?

Everyone who has received Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior should be baptized.

Why should I be baptized?

Because it is a command from Jesus Christ, gives Him glory and encourages us and God’s people! In His “Great Commission” to the church Jesus commanded, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…(Matt 28:19) Also, in the book of Acts we find numerous accounts of the early church baptizing believers.

Will getting baptized save me?

No. Baptism is a matter of obedience not salvation. We believe the Scriptures teach that baptism is an “outward symbol” of what has already occurred inwardly in a person’s heart. The Bible teaches we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

By |2016-11-07T20:10:41+00:00February 14th, 2016|Articles, Baptism, Blog Posts, Doctrine|1 Comment

About the Author:

Pastor Mark Stafford served on staff at Canyon Bible Church of Prescott Valley for almost 6 years. He and his wife, Lara, felt called to church planting and Canyon of Prescott Valley sent them to plant a new Canyon Bible Church in the Verde Valley. Mark is a graduate of the Biblical Studies department at Arizona Christian University with highest honors and has served for more than a dozen years in full-time pastoral ministry. Mark loves music and is an active musician playing electric and string bass, acoustic and electric guitar, & keyboard. He has served with several professional Christian touring groups and has been nominated for a Dove award. Pastor Mark is currently bi-vocational while he plants Canyon Verde. He owns a small printing and design company called Ablaze Media. When he is not preaching, leading small groups, playing music or designing graphics, you might find him in his F250 cruising around the back roads of the local national forests, cycling with his sons on the streets around the Verde Valley, or running in a 10K. Pastor Mark and Lara have 4 children and have been married for over 15 years.

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