We are excited that you are interested in water baptism. We believe that baptism is an important step of obedience for every person who has accepted Christ as his or her Savior.
Baptisms happen at different times of the year for each campus. You can find out when the next water baptism is via our Weekly emails, during our weekend service announcements, or if you have further questions, please let us know which campus you attend and feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We consider it a privilege to walk with you as you take this next step on your spiritual journey.
FOR THOSE CONSIDERING BAPTISM….
We are so glad that you are considering baptism. Please take some time to review the information in this guide.
The Ordinance of Baptism
Jesus established two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which are to be practiced by the church. The church leadership is charged with overseeing and conducting these ordinances in a manner that is biblical and pleasing to the Lord.
Who Should Be Baptized
Christians believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his or her sin.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized. Just like a bride and groom show others their love for one another by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is your opportunity to show others that you have accepted Christ and are now walking with Him.
What Baptism Symbolizes
Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:
- Accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
- Shared in His death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life).
- Symbolically washed clean and sins were forgiven by His death on the cross.
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God.
We immerse at Redeemer Church because we believe Scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in Him.
Some denominations choose to christen infants. While we recognize the right of other churches to practice infant christening, we understand Scripture to teach that only professing believers qualify for baptism. Baptism does not make you a believer, rather it shows that you already believe.
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When should a young person be baptized?
There are differences concerning the timing of baptism for children who profess faith in Christ. Salvation is a work of God and not merely a decision by the believer. Children, like adults, need to show understanding and evidence of believing faith before the baptism.