Baptism is the most powerful symbol of re-creation in Christ that exists in the church, so it is no wonder that new believers have come into the fellowship of the church this way throughout the entire history of the church.
In fact, Jesus himself instituted the practice by choosing to be baptized by John the Baptist at the initiation of his earthly ministry.
"At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: 'You are my Son whom I love; with you I am well pleased'." Mark 1:9-11 NIV
Jesus did not need to be baptized, but he wanted to exhibit his obedience to his Heavenly Father from the very beginning of his ministry. Baptism is one of the first acts of obedience that demonstrates a desire to become like Jesus.
At Columbia, we baptize by immersion those who willingly commit their lives to Jesus. Modeling Jesus' example, every person in the Early Church who committed their lives to him was baptized by immersion.
Want to be Baptized?
The next All Columbia Baptism Service: will be Sunday, April 8, 5:00 pm. If you would like to be baptized, complete the Request for Baptism web form and a ministry will contact you. You may also request baptism during the invitation at the end of the worship service or by speaking with one of Columbia's ministers.