Getting Baptized at GCCP
Baptism is a public declaration of your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Your decision to be baptized is in obedience to Christ and an important step in your spiritual life. Baptism is a symbol of the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. In baptism, the believer is testifying that he was “in Christ” when He died on the cross, that he was buried with Him, and that he has arisen to newness of life because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
GCCP practices believer’s baptism by water immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit because it sets forth the essential facts of redemption (the death and resurrection of Christ) and also the essential outlook of the believer (death to sin and alive unto God). (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:37-41; 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-10)
Before a person can be baptized, he or she must have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her personal Savior. The Bible order is always salvation first, then baptism. Baptism does not save!
Based on our church existing church practice and policies, your being baptized at GCCP also qualifies you to be a member of the church. As a member of the church you affirm and agree to our Statement of Faith and Church Constitution as well as to the purpose and founding principles of the church. Therefore, if you have a different home church or currently attending another church, we encourage you to get baptized at that church, which is more meaningful.
Becoming a Church Member
We believe that membership to a local church is essential in the spiritual walk of a believer for accountability in your Christian testimony, spiritual nourishment and edification, mutual encouragement, enablement for Christian service, and discipline should it be necessary.
At GCCP, you can become a member of the church in two ways: (1) Through baptism if you have not been baptized into the protestant faith, or (2) through the Membership Class if you have been baptized in another Bible-believing evangelical church but wish to make GCCP your church home.