“WATER BAPTISM IS AN OUTWARD SIGN THAT WE WANT TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH CHRIST.”
What is baptism?
Water baptism is an outward expression of an inner transformation. It is a testimony and picture of the change that has occurred when you placed your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Baptism is the normal pattern for a new believer. It is the first step toward becoming firmly established in your commitment to Jesus. Baptism immediately following trusting Jesus as Savior is the New Testament pattern; therefore you should be baptized as soon as possible after you accept Jesus as your Savior. So West Side Community Church believes that candidates for baptism must have already received Jesus Christ as Savior. As long as a person is old enough to have made that choice in a responsible way with understanding, then that person is eligible for baptism.