Water Baptisms will take place on Sunday, Sept 17. You must sign up and attend the mandatory meeting in room 105 at 9:15 am that morning for those who plan to be baptized. Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are we to 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. (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
Who should be baptized?
Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ. When Paul writes to the believers in Rome, he assumes that all of them have been baptized (Romans 6). The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ!
“Those who accepted his message were baptised…” Acts 2:41
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” Acts 8:12
We do not baptize children until they are old enough to understand and believe.
When are we to be baptized?
As soon as you have believed! You shouldn’t delay. Believers in the New Testament were baptized the same day. As soon as a person decides to believe in Christ, he can and should be baptized.
“Those who accepted his message were baptized…” Acts 2:41
“Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they travelled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptised?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptised him.” Acts 8:35-39
What about being baptized twice?
We recommend that you be baptized again if you have not been baptized by immersion since you became a believer. It doesn’t devalue a prior experience but simply reflects your desire to be baptized in the same way Jesus was baptized.
Can a family be baptized together?
Yes! If each family member fully understands the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time.
Will I have to say anything?
The pastor will introduce you and will give you an opportunity to tell a bit of your story of how you came to this decision to be baptized. You will be briefly prayed for and then lowered just under the water. You will then leave the water to get changed and watch the others being baptized.
Instructions for your baptism
Baptisms are conducted bi-monthly and are usually held at the church during the worship service. Look out for advertisements on Water Baptism. Just prior to the baptisms the pastor will explain the meaning of baptism and show you how you will be baptized. It is important that you arrive on time to be present for the pre-baptism instructions at 9:15 am in room 105.
What should I bring?
- Swimsuit, plain t-shirt and long pants or shorts
- Plastic bag or something similar to take home your wet clothes
- Hairbrush/comb and hair dryer (if desired)
- Change of clothes (We encourage women to wear swimsuits with pants or shorts and a top over the swimsuit)