To follow the example of Jesus.  

Matthew 3:13-15  

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then Jon consented.         

Matthew 3:16-17

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”


To obey the command of Jesus.


Matthew 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

How can we truly love Christ if we won’t obey his command and follow his example?

To demonstrate the work of Jesus

2 Corinthians 5:15

15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

2 Corinthians 5:17

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!




Yes! If each family member fully understands the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally accepted Christ, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It’s a great opportunity to share your commitment to Christ publicly. At Southland, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. Kids 7 years and older who wish to be baptized are welcome to be Baptized with their parents consent.  

It’s important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family tradition. It’s usually not wise to put off your baptism because you are waiting on other family member(s) to accept Christ and follow Him, particularly children. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays you from making your own personal commitment.