We are excited that you are pursuing Christ and seeking to identify with him in baptism! Baptism is an important step of obedience for every person who is by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
Baptism is an act of obedience and a way of publicly identifying with Jesus for those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. As Christ was buried and raised to life, baptism represents that you have died to your old life (burial) and have been given a new life (resurrection). Baptism does not make you a believer, but it is a way of publicly showing that you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ. At OBC, we practice baptism by immersion because we believe it is the model presented in Scripture and the best picture of what has happened in someone’s life when they trust Christ.
We also believe baptism in the New Testament is a sign and a step of commitment into the family of God and a local church body. Therefore, we baptize people who have demonstrated a willingness to be fully functioning members of our church or another local gospel-preaching church. The first step in the baptism process is for you to have a conversation with one of our pastors. They will listen to your story of how God has worked in your life and point you to information that will help you prepare for baptism.
Membership Matters is an orientation to our church that provides you with information about our mission, core values, ministry distinctives, and the benefits of the local church.
While you don’t commit to anything by attending the class, it does fulfill a prerequisite for church membership. Membership Matters is held at least two times a year.