What is the purpose of Water Baptism?
Water Baptism is the command of the Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 16:16). It is an outward act by which we publicly declare that we have repented of sins and have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior.
Water Baptism is symbolic—it is an act which portrays the fact that by faith we have identified ourselves with Christ in His death (we are buried under the waters) and in His resurrection (we are raised out of the waters).
What is the Process?
Step 1 - Download a brochure or pick one up in the church lobby. Complete and return the tear-off to register. You will be contacted when the classes are scheduled. For more information, please contact the church office or e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2 - All Baptismal candidates must attend two (2) mandatory classes prior to baptism (watch bulletin for announcement or call the church office). At these classes, an Elder will review the Biblical basis for Baptism and answer any questions you may have. The logistics of check-in and the order of the service will also be addressed.
Special Note to Parents: Because the symbolism of Baptism requires a more adult level of cognitive and developmental readiness, the Elders require that children be at least 12 years old to be baptized. Proverbs 20:25 issues a significant caution against the danger of making a vow before adequate knowledge, forethought, and reflection have been given. Therefore, in an effort to prevent young people from making a premature commitment that they may not fully understand, this minimum age has been established and special classes have been developed just for them.