We are so happy that you desire to follow the Lord’s example in baptism. There is a mandatory meeting prior to the baptismal service on November 1, 2020. Pastor Suz would like to share important information with you at that time, and have a chance to meet you. The meeting is between Sunday morning services in room 109. It will be very brief. Only one meeting needs to be attended, and you sign up for the meeting that works for you when filling out the Baptism Form.
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Here are some helpful topics to read over. If you have more questions, please contact Pastor Suzanne at email@example.com.
Because you want to follow Christ’s example. “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river”
Because Christ commanded it. “Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you’”
Because it shows you are a believer. “...many of the Corinthians who heard Him believed and were baptized”
Every person who has made the decision to believe in Jesus Christ.
“Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized”
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News...and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women”
The one requirement for baptism is belief baptize in Christ! We do not baptize children until they are old enough to understand and believe.
It is a symbol of Christ’s burial & resurrection.
“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ”
It is a symbol of your new life as a Christian.
“By our baptism then we were buried with Him and shared death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead also we might live a new life!”
Baptism does not make you a believer—it shows that you already are one! Baptism does not “save” you; only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring—it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart. “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”
There is no reason to delay; as soon as a person decides to believe in Christ, he or she can and should be baptized.
“Those who believed...were baptized that day!”
Like Jesus was baptized: immersed in water.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water”
The word baptize literally means “to dip under water.” The Greek word baptizo means “to immerse or dip under water.” Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion in water.
(See examples in Mark 1:5, John 3:23 & Acts 8:38.)
What about being baptized twice?
Our church recommends that you be baptized again if you have not been baptized by immersion since you became a believer.
Can my family be baptized together?
Yes! If each family member fully understands the meaning of baptism and each has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized together.
Will I have to say anything?
No. During the service there will be a time set aside for those who want to share their testimony, but it is not required.