208 WILLOWBEND ROAD | PEACHTREE CITY, GA 30269 | 770-487-8133


Why Baptism Matters

At FBC Peachtree City, we believe that baptism by immersion is an important first step of obedience after making a personal commitment to Christ. Baptism allows a Christ-follower to communicate to those around them that they have made that commitment. If you have made a personal commitment to Christ, then announcing that decision publicly through baptism is the next step for you.

What does Baptism Symbolize?

Baptism is a way of showing others that a person has entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is an outward symbol of the inward commitment that takes place in the heart at the time of salvation.

Baptism is

A Sign of Identification – Baptism is an outward, public declaration of our inward commitment to Christ. Much like a wedding ring symbolizes a commitment between a husband and a wife, baptism makes a visual statement that says, “I’m following Jesus Christ, and I want everyone to know it.”

A Symbol of Death, Burial and Resurrection – It is a picture of what takes place at the time of salvation – being cleansed and having our sins washed away. It says, “I have died to my old life (going under the water) and I am alive to new life in Christ (coming out of the water).

We were buried therefore with him (Christ) by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

ROMANS 6:4–5
An Important Step of Obedience to the Scripture – In the Bible, as people came to faith in Christ they were baptized. The sequence of events is the same throughout the scriptures; first people profess faith in Jesus Christ, and then they are baptized. It is called Believer’s baptism, a baptism that happens after one becomes a believer in Jesus Christ.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

MATTHEW 28:18–20
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience to him. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God. At First Baptist Church, we practice baptism by immersion (putting under the water) in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (the way Jesus instructed in Matthew 28:19) because we believe it is the best picture of spiritual death, burial and resurrection and because it is the type of baptism that Jesus modeled for us when he was baptized by John in the Jordan River. (Matthew 3:13–17 and Mark 1:9–11).

What about infant Baptism?

In some denominations, infant baptism or christening is used to represent a commitment made by parents to dedicate their child to Christ and to commit to raise them in accordance with the teachings of Scripture. While this is a very important part of the religious practice and tradition of many families, it is not the same as believer’s baptism. Believer’s baptism occurs after someone makes a personal decision to follow Christ for themselves once they understand what that means, and if you have made a personal commitment to Christ as an older child, student, or adult then announcing that decision publicly through believer’s baptism is the next step for you. Our commitment to believer’s baptism is in no way intended to cheapen the importance of your experience as a child. We feel that believer’s baptism in many ways affirms the hope your parents had when they dedicated you as an infant.

Baptism FAQs

What should I wear?

We will give you a t-shirt to wear. You will want to bring black or dark colored shorts, a towel, a change of clothes and a plastic bag to place your wet clothes in after you are baptized.

When do I arrive?

On the day of your Baptism, you will want to arrive approximately 30 minutes early so that our Baptism team members can walk you through the process. Our Baptism team will meet you in the Worship Center near and show you where to change, where to enter and exit the Baptistry, and help you get ready. We will walk you through our Sunday morning process and make sure all of your questions are answered.

Where do I go?

Our Baptism team will meet you in the Worship Center at the Welcome desk and show you where to change, where to enter and exit the Baptistry, and help you get ready. We will walk you through our Sunday morning process and make sure all of your questions are answered.

Who will Baptize me?

We believe that baptism and communion are the two ordinances given to the church in the New Testament. Therefore, anyone who performs a baptism needs to represent not only what we believe, but be living that out in a community of believers.

Who should I invite?

Everyone! This is a special time in your life as you go public with your faith for the first time.

Will I have to say anything?

After you are in the baptism pool you will be asked if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior. You can simply respond with “yes”. Other than that, you are not expected to say anything.

Got Questions?

If you have any other questions you can call the church office at 770-487-8133.

What's Next?

Complete the form below. A pastor will contact you to talk about your decision and a potential date for your Baptism.

Be sure to complete the “Tell your story” section, which is YOUR story of how you came to faith in Jesus Christ. We want to help you in being able to communicate your story. You should answer three basic questions:
1. What was life like before I met Christ?
2. How did I come to know Christ as my personal Lord and Savior?
3. What is motivating me to go public with my faith in baptism?
One of our pastors will follow-up with you to answer any questions that you may have, to give you encouragement and counsel, and to help you in being able to share your Gospel Story. The coordinating pastor will schedule the time for your baptism.