WHY SHOULD YOU BE BAPTIZED?
Baptism is necessary for Christian obedience, and is vital to growth in your Christian walk. We are encouraged to keep Christ’s commandments through baptism:
- By the example of Christ.
- By the encouragement of New Testament believers. (Acts 8:26–38; 10:47–48; and 16:25–34)
- By the explanation of Scripture. (Romans 6:4–5)
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HOW SHOULD YOU BE BAPTIZED?
As Jesus was baptized – by being immersed in water. The word “baptize” comes from the Greek word baptizo which means “To immerse or dip under water. ” “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion under water. The book of Acts shows us that this was the norm for every believer. For example, “…then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized Him. When they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:38-39
THE MEANING OF BAPTISM
Water baptism is a public confession of your faith and commitment to Christ. As you go down in the water, it is a proclamation that your old life is gone. As Christ was buried, you are burying your old sin nature, past hurts and things that have kept you bound. When you rise out of the water, it symbolizes that you are a new person with a new life of victory in Christ Jesus! 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
HOW TO GET READY FOR BAPTISM
1. Sign up to be Baptized
Our Baptisms and Baptism Class are held on the first Sunday in May, July, September and November, following our 11:30 am worship service. Baptism candidates must be age 5 and above. Please note that youth (ages 5 to 17) are required to have consent of their parent/guardian to sign up for baptism. The dates and times of our next Baptism Service and Baptism Class are listed below.
|Baptism Class||Baptism Service|
|Sunday, July 3rd following the 9 am service (approximately 10:30 am – 11:15 am)||Sunday, July 3rd at 11:30 am|
2. Attend Baptism Class
In preparation for the Baptism Service, we offer a special Baptism Class for our baptismal candidates to provide them with important information about their next steps in Christ and to prepare them for their baptism. Baptism Class takes place the first Sunday of May, July, September and November following the 9 am service (approximately 10:30 am) for the upcoming baptism and lasts for approximately 45 minutes. Parents of youth (ages 5 – 17) are required to attend the Baptism Class with their child.
3. Invite Family and Friends
Invite your family and friends to be a part of celebrating this monumental step in your walk with Jesus.
4. Get Your Attire for Baptism
You should wear a dark colored sweatshirt and sweatpants and socks (wearing a swim cap is optional). Bring a towel and a change of clothes with you. See the examples below for a reference.
Dark Colored Sweatshirt
Dark Colored Sweatpants
Pair of Socks
ON THE DAY OF YOUR BAPTISM
On the day of the Baptism, candidates will check in at the Baptism table in the foyer beginning at 11:00 am (parents/guardians will need to check in youth (ages 5 to 17). Candidates should wear their baptism attire to the worship service and may leave their change of clothes with our Baptism Staff to be tagged and stored in our Baptism staging area. After candidates check-in, they may proceed to the sanctuary to be seated by our ushers for the 11:30 am worship service (candidates and their guests may sit anywhere in the sanctuary).
2. The Baptism Service
Following the 11:30 am service an announcement will be made for baptism candidates and their friends and family to report to the front of the sanctuary to receive brief instructions for the Baptism. During the Baptism Service, candidates will be called by name to be baptized. Friends and family will have an opportunity to gather around the baptism pool to witness the baptism of their loved one.
3. Photos and Videos
Although our photographer will be present to capture pictures of this special occasion, your friends and family are welcome to take photos and/or videos of your baptism during the service.
4. Baptism Certificate
Following the ceremony you will be presented with a personalized Baptism Certificate by our staff to commemorate this special occasion.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When are Baptism Services held?
Baptisms are held on the first Sunday of May, July, September and November following our 11:30 am service. Click here to sign up today.
When are the Baptism Classes held?
Baptism Class takes place the first Sunday of May, July, September and November following the 9 am service (approximately 10:30 am) for the upcoming baptism and lasts for approximately 45 minutes.
Can I still be baptized if I cannot make the Baptism Class?
We strongly encourage you to attend class. However, if you are unable to attend you may still be baptized.
How old do you have to be to be baptized?
Baptism candidates must be 5 years of age and older. Please note that youth (ages 5 to 17) must have the consent of their parent/guardian to sign-up for baptism.
If I was baptized as a child and rededicated my life to the Lord as an adult, can I sign-up to be baptized again?
Yes! We encourage you to take this next step in your walk with Jesus Christ and be baptized to strengthen your renewed commitment to the Lord.
What should I wear for baptism?
You should wear a dark colored sweatshirt and sweatpants and socks (wearing a swimming cap is optional). Bring a towel and a change of clothes with you.
Can I have someone take pictures or videos during the baptism ceremony?
Yes. You are welcome to have someone take pictures and videos of you during the baptism service.