We believe that baptism is for those who have placed their faith in Jesus alone for salvation. (Acts 2:41)
We call this “believer’s baptism.” Baptism does not save anyone and it does not impart grace to those who receive it. It is, however, a sign of salvation and an act of obedience following salvation.
We baptize by immersion (Acts 8:36-39, Romans. 6:4)
We believe it to be the most biblical and clearest picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It also pictures the spiritual death and resurrection that occurs in a believer’s life when they become a Christian.
Baptism is required for membership at James River.
For a person to become a member of James River, Jesus must be their Savior and Lord, actively seeking to obey the Lord daily. Baptism is the first step of such obedience. James River accepts immersion Baptism from other like-minded churches. If you are interested in getting batized, we'd love to hear from you (use the form below).
What comes after baptism? Click the "Next Steps" button for more information.