What is water baptism?Person being baptized

After repenting of one’s sins and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation, Calvary encourages obedience to the Lord’s command of water baptism by immersion (Mt. 28:18-19). This act symbolically declares that a believer’s old sinful life died with Christ and that a new spiritual life with Christ has been raised. Therefore, in order to be considered for baptism, a person's life should reflect their new life in Christ and their commitment to obeying his Word. Please note: In that marriage is a biblical standard, couples who are living together and not married do not qualify to be baptized until conforming to Scripture.

Another person being baptized

The next Baptism Services are:

Nov. 9 & 10. 

How can I participate?

Adults and children (grade 4 and older) are welcome. You will need to attend a 20-minute baptism Next Steps class prior to being baptized. This class will be held following each service on Nov. 2 & 3 in the Guest Welcome Center. 

Register here to sign up for our next baptism service.  If you would like more information, please email us or call 630-585-3279.

Baptism FAQ

WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?

We get baptized because Jesus commands us to do so! He set the example by being baptized Himself (Matthew 28: 19-20, Mark 1:9). Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. Because He went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28: 19-20 (NIV)

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BE BAPTIZED?

For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).

I WAS BAPTIZED AS A BABY, SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED AS AN ADULT?

If you were baptized or sprinkled as an infant, but you’ve never been baptized by immersion, we invite you to take that next step! Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion, and Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10). Being submersed in the water represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus gave us a fresh start in life (Romans 6: 3-5)!

DO I NEED TO BE BAPTIZED AGAIN?

If you have been baptized by immersion after deciding to follow Jesus, there is no need to be baptized again. However, if you’ve never been baptized as an adult after personally choosing to follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, we invite you to take your next step of being baptized.

DO YOU BAPTIZE CHILDREN?

As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him. At Calvary Church, we want children to express their own decision to follow Jesus and to truly understand the meaning of baptism.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9 (NIV)

ONCE I SIGN UP TO BE BAPTIZED, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

A baptism team member will contact you, explain your next steps and help you sign up for a baptism class. All baptism candidates are asked to attend a Next Steps baptism class. At this class, you will learn more about this next step in your spiritual journey, understand what Calvary Church believes about baptism, and meet other people who will be baptized.

Baptism Testimonies

Baptized March 17, 2019

Victoria Helle

As a kid, I was raised Catholic. My family and I went to Church every Sunday until I was in middle school, but God was never discussed in the household. So, I had grown up with the idea that my relationship with God had to be a secret, never to be talked about outside of the Church. I began to question my relationship with God and began on a journey of spiritual discovery. During this time frame, I had gone through some significant life challenges and made choices by my own will, rather than His, which began to lead me down a path of destruction—both towards myself and towards my loved ones. Soon, my world was collapsing around me left and right. I felt ashamed, angry, and so alone, but I couldn't escape my struggles. I didn't feel able to forgive myself and move forward. I felt stuck in my own mess, slowly suffocating in all the pain I created for myself and others. I fell to my knees one evening and just cried for hours, praying to God for a sign or guidance.

It wasn't long after that moment that I encountered the grace of God. I found it through the acceptance, love, and forgiveness of a Christian brother who saw that I could overcome my struggles if I surrendered my life to Him. My friend started to bring me to Calvary with him on Sundays, and it was here that he opened my eyes to the wide and loving arms of God. Through the acceptance of Jesus in my life and the recognition that He died for our sins, I was able to develop a deeper relationship with God than I ever knew was possible. I was able to feel forgiven, accepted and loved, and it was through His Grace that I could finally move from the shadows of my life and turn my face towards the sun. Since that moment, I have dedicated my life to Christ and have chosen to celebrate my commitment to Him by getting baptized, symbolizing the cleansing of my sins and the beginning of my new life abiding by the word of the Lord.

Nadia Salazar

I accepted Jesus when I was 7 years old. I remember my grandma talking to me about how important it is to follow Him. We prayed together, and I accepted Jesus as my savior. I went to Breakaway retreat for the first time this winter, and I felt something special as my crew leader was praying for me. I knew at that moment that I wanted to continue to follow Jesus and show the world that He lives in me!

 


Baptized February 3, 2019

Santiago Bustamante

I was raised knowing the word of God, and my family would always go to church. My parents would go to the Spanish service and I would go to the NXT. I felt like God wasn't real or He didn't exist because I wouldn't see change in my family; we would always argue and fight. I would be sitting down when NXT was worshipping. I would be bored and find nothing useful about God. There was a time when my family was getting closer to God and I was getting farther. I started doing drugs in school and at parties, skipping class, going to class late and laying in the couch on my phone, doing nothing. All the drugs and social media addictions kept me trapped in a cage of doubt, anxiety, anger, and isolation from God. I would believe in God, but not walk with God. When I was at Breakaway, I felt God speak to me when Pastor Orlando preached about being caged up. God told me He would free me from all drugs, social media addiction, anger, anxiety, doubt, and isolation. I broke into tears and worshiped the one and only God. I surrendered, and I am never going to apart from His path—the path that gives me love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Now, I have made the decision to follow Him forever and never part from His path to success. I will spread the word to non-believers just like the bible says, "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" Matthew 28:19. I hope my testimony changes lives.

Alexis Mendoza

I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was 14. After 5 years of following Jesus, I have understood what it means to follow Him. At Breakaway, I felt like I needed to get baptized as a representation that Jesus has wiped away all my sin and made me clean, and that I am a new creation in Him.

Jesy Tan

I was lost for a long time. My relationship with God was there, but there was a barrier between us that kept me from listening to Him. I had a rough life from the start; God put me through a lot of trials and, I won’t lie, in some of them, I was in a really dark place. I remember I would keep asking “Why God? Why me? Why are you punishing me?” I thought God had left me stranded for a while, but I was completely wrong! From the start, He was there for me, He lifted me up and kept me strong through all those trials He gave me a strong backbone until I broke down those barriers that kept me from God. Now I finally hear Him! The Lord is my Shepard, I will never be in need. You let me rest in fields of green grass. You lead me to streams of peaceful water, and you refresh my life (Psalms 23).

 


Baptized September 2, 2018

Kristina Baker

I chose to get baptized because my life was going down a horrible path. I was dealing with so much stuff that seemed too difficult for me to handle. Some of the friend choices I was making weren't the best. When I noticed this, I decided to ask my mom to take me to church. And when I went there, the first day I felt so much relief, like everything was being removed from my life. Baptism was something that I had waited to do because I knew it was a big deal, and I wasn't ready for it. But when I walked into the church, I knew I had to. I’m excited and ready to accept Jesus Christ as my personal savior.

Hope Dela Rosa

I grew up in a Christian home, and I went to Calvary since I was a baby. Calvary is my home church. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior on August of 2015 and decided this year, at 11 years old, that it is time to get baptized. I decided this is the year because I wanted to say publicly that I am a follower of Christ, and I will do my very best to serve Him.

Nancy Hoeksema

I've been attending Calvary Church for over two years and, I am so grateful to God and all the pastors, choir, etc. for making my life so blessed and happier. I have always wanted to attend Calvary church, but since I am Catholic, I thought I would not be welcomed. Everyone is so nice and welcoming that I knew this is where I belong. It's real and warms my heart. My birthday is coming up and before I turn another year older, I wanted to be baptized now. I am so happy! Thanks to everyone at Calvary Church for always being so kind.

Rachel Marker-Kling

I have been a Christian as long as I can remember, but for one reason or another, I have never been baptized. The last two years of my life, the Lord has been walking with me through one of the lowest valley’s I’ve ever known. Throughout this time, my only peace and comfort have come from growing closer to God and letting Him fill the broken places. This is my day to publicly connect with God.

Stephany Opoku

I grew up in a Christian home, and I have been going to Calvary ever since I was two. There was this time when I was in 9th grade when my pastor said, "You say you are a Christian because you go to church and you listen to your pastor speak, then you go to school and you act like a totally different person." I remember hearing that and then thinking, I need to do more. I went to Breakaway that year and I remember Pastor Steve saying, "If you need God in your life, come to the Altar, get on your knees and start praying for him to come in your life." I remember just getting on my knees praying and crying for Him to come in my life. I decided that I needed to do more so I started doing Bible plans and reading them every day. I knew this was what I wanted; I needed God in my life and I want people to see God when they see me.

Rachel Perez

Growing up in a Christian household, I was always taught to follow God and to believe in Him. For as long as I can remember, all my memories of religion and church were at Calvary. I grew up going to Noah’s Park, NXT kids, NXT JHI then finally NXT. When I was younger, I thought church and Christianity were just a routine thing. Pray before you eat, go to church every Sunday morning and read your Bible, but it wasn’t until 8th grade when it clicked for me that there was something more to it. Although you do have to believe in God and His word, you also have to have faith and believe in Him through all of your good times and your bad times. 

Going into my junior year of high school, I was so far away from God that He had to physically break my foot to get my attention. Breaking my foot and going through that healing process was one of the worst times in my life, but it was also the best time of my life. Since I wasn’t able to do some of the activities I was involved with anymore, it opened up my time to do more things. I started to come to church more, and I started to be more involved in NXT.  I joined worship team, did IDT and RD week, made amazing and encouraging friends and grew closer to God more than I ever have. Suddenly, it wasn’t just a routine thing anymore. Everything in my life just clicked into the right spot once I accepted the Lord into my life.

There was a moment during RD week, when we were having a worship service at Benton, when I knew I wanted to get baptized. Going into RD week, I was giving this one particular friendship up to God and I came into that worship service with all-around confusion on what I should do next. I remember worshiping with both my arms in the air, crying out and singing the lyrics of the song when all of a sudden, God speaks to me and gives me the answer to all of the questions that I’ve been asking Him for the past 2 weeks. I was so shocked and so overwhelmed that I lost balance and continued to cry even harder. After a while, I stood firm on my two feet and I automatically started thanking God and praising His name. I came out of that service with a sense of relief and like He had taken away all of the burdens I was carrying with me. That was truly the moment I knew I wanted to get baptized, and I can’t wait for it to happen!