What is Baptism?
The act of baptism, commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ almost 2000 years ago, has been practiced in various forms by the Christian church ever since. However, there are many different interpretations of how, why and when a person should be baptised.

At Grovely Christian Community Church, we believe in God's word, the Bible, as our sole authority for doctrine and practice. The following points briefly outline what we believe the Bible teaches about baptism and how we put this into practice at Grovely.

The word 'baptism' comes from the Greek word 'bapto' which means 'to immerse' or 'to cover'. In the New Testament, Christian baptism is established as a symbolic act in which a person is immersed in water.
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One Biblical example:
> Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
Acts 8:35-39
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In Biblical times, people were usually baptised in rivers (Mark 1:9) or other natural water bodies. However, the location is not important. Many churches now have a 'baptismal tank' (a bit like an oversized bathtub) in the church building - but people are sometimes baptised in swimming pools or even in the ocean. The most important aspect of baptism is not where, or even how, it is done, but what it says about a person's relationship with God.
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Read next: Why get baptised?
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