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Baptism

Take the next step in your faith.

At STF Church, we believe in the power of baptism as a symbol of inward commitment and change for those who have made Jesus the Lord and Savior. We are here to answer any of your questions and be honored to lead you in the public dedication of baptism. 

An in-depth look

Why baptism Matters

We understand the profound significance of baptism as more than just a ceremony—it’s a sacred journey of faith rooted deeply in the teachings of Scripture. In the book of Matthew, Jesus commands his disciples to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is not merely a tradition but a divine mandate—a public declaration of our commitment to Christ and His teachings. We believe in the transformative power of baptism. In the book of Romans, we’re reminded that through baptism, we are buried with Christ and raised to walk in the newness of life (Romans 6:4). It symbolizes our old self being washed away and our new life in Christ.

Our Approach to Baptism

At STF Church, we strive to make your baptism experience meaningful, memorable, and personal. We offer:

Pastoral Guidance

Our pastors are here to support you every step of the way, from understanding the significance of baptism to preparing for the ceremony itself. After you fill out the interest form, someone from our team will contact you.

Community Support

Whether you decide to be baptized on a Sunday morning, in your pool, or at a beach baptism, you’ll be surrounded by a loving community of believers who will celebrate this important milestone with you.

Baptism by immersion

We believe the practice that best captures the teaching of Scripture is Baptism by full immersion.

The Greek word baptizo means to “immerse,” “plunge,” “sink,” or “submerge. Baptism was so clearly understood as ‘immersing’ and had such a distinct meaning that it was left as it was.

The symbolism demands full immersion. Baptism is an illustration of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Sprinkling does not convey the dramatic portrayal of burial and re-birth.

The circumstances in each New Testament passage strongly indicate that there was always sufficient water to practice immersion Baptism. Every passage in the New Testament where baptizo occurs either requires or permits the meaning, “to immerse” (e.g., Matthew 3:6, 11; Mark 1: 5,9-10; John 3:23; Acts 2:41; 8:38-39; 16:29-33).

Please note: More important than the method of Baptism is its symbolic meaning. If health or infirmity hinders immersion, we will gladly and joyfully baptize in other ways. The heart of the candidate, not the formality of the ordinance, is of uttermost importance in baptism.

Ready to take your next step?

Getting Baptized

If you’re ready to take the next step in your faith journey and be baptized, we encourage you to contact us. Whether you’re an adult, a teenager, or a child, we welcome you to experience the joy the comes with taking the step of baptism.

Get in Touch with Us

97 Biscayne Ave. Tampa, FL 33611

813-251-1515

info@southtampafellowship.com