What is baptism?

We believe that baptism is an ordinance of the Lord and an act of the church, by which those who have repented and come to faith express their union with Christ in His death and resurrection (Romans 6:3-4), by being immersed in water (Acts 8:38) in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit(Matthew 28:19-20). Additionally, baptism serves as a public testimony of belonging to God’s people, the church (1 Corinthians 12:13). Therefore baptism is both a public testimony of a new life found in Christ and a vow to live out this new life within a community of believers.

Why should I be baptized?

Jesus commanded his followers, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). The book of Acts shows that this is exactly what the apostles did after being filled with the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:41; 8:12, 38; Acts 9:18; 10:48; 16:15, 33; 18:8). As Peter told a crowd, “Repent and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 2:38).

In the New Testament, we consistently see that when people responded to the preaching of the gospel with faith and repentance, they were immediately baptized. Throughout the New Testament scripture, conversion and baptism are very closely related. In light of these biblical truths, all Christians should seek to be baptized, as an act of obedience, dedication, and celebration.

Baptism Class

Those desiring to be baptized at Reality Church Stockton are asked to participate in a Baptism Class led by one of our elders. Baptism Class is a time to clarify the Reality Church Stockton position on baptism as well as a chance for those wishing to be baptized to ask questions.

If you have believed in Jesus and have not yet been baptized, please enter your contact information and complete the questions below.


  1. Name*
  2. Email*
  3. Phone Number*
  4. Community Group*
  1. 1. What is the story of how Christ saved you? (Briefly describe your experience of conversion; old you and new you)*
  1. 2. Who is Jesus?*
  1. 3. Have you been baptized before? If yes, was it before or after your conversion?*
  1. 4. What does baptism have to do with being or becoming a Christian?*
  1. 5. Do you agree with the statement of the Apostle’s Creed?*

    I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth.
    I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
    who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
    and born of the virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died, and was buried;
    He descended to the dead.
    The third day he rose again from the dead.
    He ascended to heaven
    and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
    From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
    I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy universal Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.