At Shoreline Community Church, we baptize only believers who have received Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. We believe Scripture indicates that the mode of believer’s baptism should be by immersion (Acts 8:36-39). Baptism by immersion is a visible, outward declaration of our faith in Jesus Christ and symbolizes our identification with His death, burial, and resurrection. Water baptism is a picture of the cleansing we receive by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We encourage every believer to follow the Lord in water baptism soon after coming to faith in Him. (Acts 2:41; 8:12; 10:48; 16:14-15; 16:31-34) There are times at Shoreline Community Church where we do baptisms by sprinkling or pouring, but only when people cannot be baptized by immersion because of medical reasons or age.
NOTE: Child Dedications are done at the request of parents for children who are too young to put their faith in Jesus Christ and be baptized. Child Dedication is not baptism or christening, it is a prayer of dedication for the child. It is also a prayer of commitment for the family and the congregation to do all they can to raise the child up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (1 Sam 1:10,11).