What is baptism?
In Matthew 28:19 Jesus commands us to “…make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit…” It is understood from this passage that the preaching of the Good News of Jesus Christ must precede baptism. It is by the work of the Holy Spirit, through the faithful preaching of the Gospel, not the performance of a ritual of immersion, sprinkling or pouring, whereby disciples are made.
Baptism can be given only when the recipient has responded to Jesus in repentance and faith. That this pattern was clearly understood by the Apostles is made manifest in the many examples found in the early history of the church (Acts 2:38; 8:36ff; 10:45; 16:32-33).
The Apostle Paul confirms this understanding in his teaching about baptism in Romans 6. It is in repentance and faith that we are identified with Jesus Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. The person who is baptized is clearly proclaiming his turning from sin, believing Christ for forgiveness of sin and turning his/her back on the old life and living a new life in Christ.
Although there is no direct prohibition of infant baptism in the New Testament, care should be exercised to bring the whole counsel of God to bear in situations with no clear Biblical instruction.
How Do I Get Baptized?
1. Sign up
Our next scheduled baptism is Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. However, please feel free to sign up at any time. We'd love to find a time to get you baptized as soon as possible.
2. Attend an Info Meeting
There will be an info meeting after Sunday services in the library multiple weeks before baptisms. Stop by one of the meetings to talk to an Elder and get more details about what baptisms are, how to write out the story of what God's done in your life, and details about baptism Sunday.
3. Write your Story
One of the things we ask people to do before they get baptized is to share your personal testimony of how God redeemed you. We ask that you write your testimony in advance for an elder to look at prior to your baptism.
If giving a short testimony in front of the church fills you with terror, don’t let that stop you from being baptized. We'll help you through this. There's no need for you to have anxiety over this. There are other options such as you giving your testimony on video, affirming a baptismal creed, or having someone else read your testimony.