Following our Lord’s command (Matthew 28:19-20), we baptize those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. Baptism provides believers with the opportunity to identify with the death and resurrection of Christ on our behalf (Romans 6:3-4). Baptism does not wash away our sins, nor does it have power in and of itself to improve our standing before God. It is our faith in Jesus Christ that results in forgiveness of sins and a righteous standing before God (John 3:16; Philippians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus commanded the believer to be baptized as a public expression of our commitment to Him. Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward commitment to Christ, much like a wedding ring is an outward expression of and inner commitment to a spouse.
Each month we hold baptisms by immersion (in which a person is completely submerged under water) during our Sunday morning services. As part of the baptismal service, candidates share their personal testimony of how God brought them to saving faith in Jesus Christ.
When you become a member of Cherrydale Baptist Church, you join our church family in a shared commitment. As your church, we commit to help you connect with God’s people, grow in your faith, and use your gifts to build the body of Christ. Your commitment as a member is to be a fully devoted follower of Christ, to support our shared beliefs (our vision, statement of faith and core values), to be active in our fellowship, and to impact the lives of people in your sphere of influence with the love of Christ.