your faith in Jesus.
Baptism is a picture of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, it is a public display of our faith in Christ, it is obedience to Christ’s command to be baptized, and it is following the example of Christ Himself as He was baptized. If you are a follower of Christ, and have not been baptized since you began following Christ, we would like to celebrate baptism with you.
We are excited for the opportunity to celebrate publicly your faith in Christ, follow Christ’s example, and obey the teaching of Christ by being baptized.
And baptism isn’t just for adults. We invite students and kids who are ready to profess their faith in Jesus to be baptized. And we ask adults and parents to review the questions below to be certain in understanding the purpose and meaning of this act.
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It illustrates Christ's burial & resurrection.
1 COR 15:3-4 // "Christ died for our sins... He was buried... and He rose again."
COL 2:12 // "For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ."
It illustrates new life as a follower of Christ.
2 COR 5:17 // "When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!"
ROM 6:4 // "By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead... so also we may live a new life!"
EPH 2:8-9 // "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith... it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast."
Everyone who has believed in Christ.
ACTS 2:41 // "Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized..."
ACTS 8:13 // "Simon himself believed and was baptized..."
ACTS 8:12 // "But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News... and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
As baptism is a confession of our personal relationship with Christ, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized.
ACTS 2:41 // "Those who believe...were baptized...that day!"
ACTS 8:35-38 // "Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now? Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. The man answered, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him." There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized.
Because Jesus was baptized that way.
MATT 3:16 // "As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water."
Because other baptisms in the Bible were by immersion.
ACTS 8:38-39 // "...then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water..." The Greek word baptizo means "to immerse or dip under water". It best symbolized a burial and resurrection!
Yes, if each family member understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. Young children who wish to be baptized are asked to meet with a Children’s Pastor for a pre-baptism conversation. However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.
Your faith story that you write when you register for baptism will be speak for you. At the beginning of the service, a pastor will briefly explain the meaning of baptism. You will wait at the edge of the pool for your turn to be baptized. You will be introduced, your faith story will be read, and you will be briefly lowered just under the water, and then you can leave the pool, dry off, and watch the others. We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends to attend your baptism.
Women should wear shorts and a top which will preserve modesty- i.e. dark colored t-shirt. Men may wear a swimsuit and t-shirt. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet articles of clothing.
As you register, you will be asked to answer the following questions to describe to those celebrating your baptism:
1. How I came to faith in Jesus Christ for my salvation.
2. Why I want to be baptized today.
Please be prepared for your baptism and arrive 30 minutes prior to the gathering around the baptism pool in the auditorium.
Publicly profess your faith in God.
Take your next step in faith, and be baptized before the church to celebrate your salvation and commitment to follow Jesus.