Water Baptism

As we are baptized in water, we are in effect saying goodbye to our old life (self) and as we rise out of the water we are saying hello to our new life in Jesus. Baptism does not save us, but is an act of obedience since Jesus commands us to do so.

Matthew 28:19

Why get baptized?

In the Greek, to “baptize” means to “cover wholly with a fluid, to dip or to fully immerse”.

Baptism is the symbolic act of dying and rising again with Christ. As we are baptized in water, we are in effect saying goodbye to our old life (self) and as we rise out of the water we are saying hello to our new life in Jesus. Baptism does not save us, but is an act of obedience since Jesus commands us to do so.

Who can get baptized?

Baptism comes after an expressed belief in Jesus no matter your age. Here at the Rock, we baptize over the age of 7.

“In our desire to be obedient to what Jesus commands us to do, we need to have an understanding and knowledge of the scriptural and spiritual basis for baptism. Without our knowledge and understanding, water baptism would be a meaningless ritual.”

– Romans 6:1-11

Should my young or infant child be water baptized or dedicated?

We sometimes receive inquiries from families asking whether their very young (or even infant) children should be water baptized. Jesus told us to go make disciples and to baptize them (Matthew 28:19). Throughout the New Testament we see that only those making a commitment of faith in Jesus as their Savior were ever baptized (Acts 2:38-41; Acts 8:12, 36-38, Acts 9:10; Acts 10:47; Acts 16:11-15, 31-33; Acts 19:1-5). Since it’s not possible for an infant or very young child to understand such things it would not be appropriate for them to be baptized until they have gotten older (at the Rock we baptize those 7 and older who confess Jesus as their Lord.) 

However, what we do see pertaining to children, even infants and very young children, are instances in the Bible of them being “dedicated” to God. Jesus Himself was dedicated, or “presented” to God as an infant and He Himself took children up into His own arms and “blessed” them (Luke 2:22; Luke 18:15-17; Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16). It would be very appropriate therefore to have your infant or young child “Dedicated” here at The Rock of KC. 

Where does the Rock baptize?

At the Rock we believe in full immersion baptizing and use a “hot tub” like baptismal located on the south side of the stage in the main sanctuary to do so.

As it says in Matthew 3:16 “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water.”

When can I get baptized?

Water baptisms are scheduled for the second weekend  in the months of February, April, June, August, October and December. Please fill out the contact form below to request a water baptism.

Water Baptism

Friendly Reminders:

• Arrive 30 minutes before the service you have signed up to be baptized in

• Wear dark colored items because white or light colored clothing becomes transparent when wet!!

• Bring a towel, a change of clothes and any other items necessary to prepare yourself for the rest of the service