The When, Where, and Why of Baptism

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19

 

Why should I Be Baptized?

  1. Why should I be baptized? You should be baptized for at least three reasons.  First, to follow the example set by Jesus. (Mark 1:9)  Second, Jesus Christ commanded it.  (Matthew 28:19-20)  Third, it demonstrates you really are a believer. (Acts 18:8)
  2. What is the meaning of baptism?  It illustrated Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.  (1 Corinthians 15:3-4 and Romans 6:4)  It illustrates my new life as a Christian. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  3. Why be baptized by immersion?  Jesus was baptized that way. (Matthew 3:16)  Every baptism in the Scriptures was by immersion. (Acts 8:38-39)  The word baptized means to immerse in water.  Finally, baptism is a symbol of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Baptism by immersion best symbolizes what Jesus has done for us.
  4. Who should be baptized and when should I be baptized? Every person who has believed in Christ should be baptized. (Acts 8:13)  You should be baptized as soon as you believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior.  (Acts 2:41)

  Who Will Baptize Me?

  1. Who will baptize me? You will be scheduled to be baptized by one of the pastors on our staff.  If you have a particular pastor you wish to baptize you, you may contact that pastor directly to ask, or you may email Dianna Thorne to schedule your baptism.
  2. Can someone other than a pastor baptize me? Absolutely.  Many people have asked their Connect Group teachers, friends, or family to baptize them. You must let the church office know in advance who you would like to baptize you so that the pastor who is responsible for baptizing that week can speak with them.

  What are the Details?

  1. When should I get to the church? Try to be at the church by 5:20 p.m. on the Sunday you are scheduled to be baptized.  You will check in  at the Welcome Center.  A member of the baptism team will meet you there and will walk you through the rest of the service.
  2. What should I bring with me?  We will provide a t-shirt for you to wear as you are baptized. Plan to bring a pair of shorts and an extra change of undergarments to wear during baptism. After your baptism, you will change into your dry clothes prior to returning to the Worship Celebration.
  3. My child is being baptized.  Can I stay with him/her? Mothers may go into the changing area with daughters. Fathers may go into the changing area with sons. 
  4. Is the baptism service available on tape? The baptism service is available on DVD ($8). You may order them in the book store.
  5. Is there someone I can call if I have questions? You may call Dianna Shepherd Thorne at 252-937-8254.