Jesus emphasized the importance of baptism by being baptized Himself and by commanding His disciples to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” (Matt.28:19). Through baptism, believers demonstrate their identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:4).
Water baptism is not a requirement for salvation, but it is a step of obedience to the Word of God! Acts 2:38 says, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ….”!
Child Dedication: In order to be baptized a person must make a conscious decision on their own. A child must be old enough to understand that decision in order to make it, therefore we do not baptize infants and young children below the age of 6. For young children, we strongly encourage child dedication. For additional information on child dedications, please click here.
We recognize baptism is a big step in the life of a believer!
That’s why we host baptisms on the 4th Sunday of every month. If you have any questions, please email baptism@cottonwood.org
  1. Bring proper attire to wear while being baptized.
    Remember, some clothes (T-shirts. etc.) become transparent when they get wet.
    Ladies – Undergarments are required (either a bathing suit or underclothes).
    T-Shirt and shorts must be worn over undergarments.
    Men – T-shirts are required. Either shorts or swimming trunks can be worn.
  2. Bring towels to dry off and a plastic bag to put your wet items in; we have changing rooms.
  3. Bring a change of clothes.
    Feel free to invite friends and relatives to watch and take pictures if they wish.

Water Baptism is a commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ and shows our identification with His death, burial and resurrection. It is a way of declaring the Lordship Christ and your new birth in Him.

Below, is an outline to help you understand what Jesus and the Scriptures say about water baptism:
A. Jesus commanded baptism for believers (Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 16:15-16).

B. The apostles commanded believers to be baptized (Acts 2:38).

C. Baptism is for those who believe in Jesus as their Lord (Acts 8:5, 12, 35-38).
1. You must believe first before baptism.
2. Baptism is an outward demonstration of an inward faith.

D. In baptism, the believer identifies with Christ.
1. When I am baptized, I demonstrate what Christ did for me in His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-6).
2. I die to sin. I am buried like Christ. I am raised in the power of the Spirit.
3. When I am baptized, I declare that I am a new person In Christ.

E. Baptism is an immersion in water for believers.
1. The Greek word used in the New Testament means to dip under or immerse.
2. Since baptism symbolizes a burial, we do not just sprinkle with water, but completely immerse the person under water.
3. Through water baptism, the believer declares that his old life of sin is dead and that he now has a new life with Christ.
4. Because baptism declares a person’s faith in Christ, we do not baptize infants. In order to be baptized, a person must make a conscious decision to follow Christ. A child must be old enough to understand that decision in order to make it.