“Baptist” refers to our belief that God commands Christians to be baptized. “Baptist” doesn’t mean a certain style of music or gathering; we think you’ll find our services put the focus on God in a relaxed atmosphere. It doesn’t refer to our organizational ties. “Baptist” simply means we follow the Biblical model for baptism of Christian believers that we find in the New Testament.

Baptism is both a privilege and an example for us from the New Testament. Scripture is clear that baptism doesn’t save us from sin, but is an important expression of our faith in Jesus Christ because it identifies us with his death, burial and resurrection.

At RBC, baptism opens the door for membership in our church. Because God has welcomed us into His family through salvation, we want to get to know you and invite you to join ours. We believe local church membership and commitment is one of God’s designs for our welfare and His glory.

The Greek word “baptize” means to “immerse,” “submerge,” or “place under.” Scripture tells us that when Jesus was baptized, He “came up out of the water. (Mark 1:10)” We believe that the Biblical model for baptism is by immersion. When a person is immersed under the water, they are identifying with the death and burial of Jesus. When they come up out of the water, they identify with His resurrection.

Baptism should always follow salvation. An understanding of personal repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ must come first. This is why we do not baptize infants, but practice “believer’s baptism.” It’s important that a child or man or woman has a personal faith of his or her own before obeying God’s command to be baptized.