What is Baptism?

Baptism and communion are the two things that Jesus asked us to do as visible symbols of God’s invisible grace in our lives, and we believe that they have great symbolic meaning for believers. Baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It is an outward sign of an inward change. It signifies that a person’s former way of life has been put to death and symbolically depicts a release from the mastery of sin. As we enter into the waters, we are reminded that Christ was crucified and raised from the dead and that we too have died to the old self in order to live for Christ. It is a powerful reminder of God’s goodness and grace, while serving as a step of obedience to follow Jesus’ example.

Baptism Basics

at Red Rocks Church

Whether you are part of Red Rocks Brussels, Red Rocks Austin, or one of the Red Rocks Denver campuses, baptism is one of the best weekends of the year! If you’re interested in being baptized, here are a few things to know:

  • At Red Rocks, we celebrate baptism during the weekend services at each of our locations (typically once or twice a year).
  • Part of what sets our baptism services apart is hearing the life-changing stories of people coming to know God, or coming back to a relationship with Him, through video testimonies in the baptism service! When you register for baptism, you can choose to share your story on video during a filming day prior to baptism. These videos are then edited and shown as part of the baptism weekend service. The testimony videos are truly the heart of the baptism services and vividly show the ways that God moves in and through the broken and messy seasons of our lives.
  • When you register for baptism you also have the option to not film your testimony, and simply sign up to be baptized as part of a weekend service at your campus. Once you complete your registration you will receive more information on next steps, and then June 1 or 2 you will be baptized during a service in front of the congregation!
  • Baptism is open to anyone 10 years old and up who has made the decision to follow Jesus.
  • Instead of infant baptism, we invite families to be part of Child Dedication at your campus (find out more information and sign up here).
  • Our Baptism Beliefs are listed here and we recommend that you read this before you register to be baptized if you have further questions.

Watch Our Past Baptism Messages

Do you have questions about baptism? We have a message for that… 

“What is baptism all about?”

Just Getting Started: Repent and Be Baptized / April 15, 2018
For baptism specific content, skip to part 14:32 of the message.

“I haven’t seen a Red Rocks Church baptism before, what does it look like?”

Baptism 2018: Set Free / May 22, 2018
For baptism specific content, skip to part 11:30 of the message.

“I need some encouragement to take the step to be baptized. Is there a message for me?” This is one of our best messages ever.

For Linda / February 8, 2015

“I haven’t seen a Red Rocks Church baptism before, what does it look like?”

Baptism 2017: All In / November 12, 2017
For baptism specific content, skip to part 8:20 of the message.

“I’m feeling nervous and need a reminder of how great this is going to be…”

Baptism FAQs

Can I choose the service I’m baptized in at my campus?

Yes, you can select your campus and service (some services have limited spots, so once the service is full, it will no longer be an option to pick on the registration form). If you film your video testimony, you will pick your top TWO services to be baptized in and we will let you know the service schedule once videos are edited.

I have a set of circumstances that makes baptism challenging for me (for instance an injury, disability, or other element), am I able to be baptized?

Yes, yes, yesss! We will work with you to make baptism a great experience. We have worked with individuals to help them transfer from their wheelchair to the tub/pool, provided people with extra time to get into the water due to an injury, and we have sprinkled individuals with water if getting into the tub is simply not an option. We’ve also had individuals with arm or leg injuries, ankle-monitors, and other situations so when you complete your baptism registration, simply tell us your situation and we will make note of it for the baptism weekend!

Who will I be baptized by during the service?

The person who baptizes you will be a member of the campus staff where you attend.* If you have someone who is close to you that you would like to be baptized by (a friend, parent, Life Group leader, mentor, etc) that is wonderful too! This individual simply accompanies you to the tub/pool on the day of baptism, gets into the water with you, and you are good to go; no need to let us know ahead of time! [*Due to the nature of multiple campuses and services, our speaking pastors may or may not be part of the service you’re in, thank you for understanding!]

I was baptized as a baby (or as a child) when it wasn’t my choice, can I be baptized again?

Yes! We have many people in our church who were baptized before they fully understood the choice they were making, and who elect to be baptized now, as a sign of their commitment to following Christ. Being baptized as an adult does not minimize the decision made by your loved ones when you were small, but instead marks your desire to publicly proclaim your faith as an adult.

I am soooo nervous about baptism, what should I do?

We understand that baptism can cause nerves! Our campus teams are here to support you, pray with you, and encourage you throughout this process. If you are nervous to be baptized, know that you are in good company (many, many, people are anxious as they sign up for this milestone) but that there is no greater feeling than publicly professing your faith in Jesus, and marking your commitment to him in this way!

Do you baptize infants or young children?

We do not baptize infants until they are of an age when they can make a decision for themselves to follow Christ and be baptized. For infants, we embrace the tradition of child dedication which flows directly from Hannah’s (the Prophet Samuel’s mother) decision to dedicate her son back to God. For more information about our next Baby Dedication, click here.

What if I’m out of town or I can’t make it to this next Baptism?

We would LOVE for you to be part of our baptism weekend, but we understand if you are unable to be here! While we do not have another baptism weekend planned, we will have other opportunities to be baptized in the future if you prefer to wait and be part of a Red Rocks Church Baptism Weekend. If you do not want to wait, we completely understand, and you can have a friend or family member baptize you at a time that works well for your schedule. We believe that anyone who believes that Jesus is the son of God and the one way to Heaven can baptize you – whether it be in a friend’s pool, in a creek nearby, or in the ocean (#dreamscenario)!