Baptism

 

ABOUT BAPTISM

 

We believe in full water immersion Baptism as one of the two ordinances of the Christian church with the other being the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion after a person come to salvation accepting the Lord Jesus Christ into their life.

We strongly encourage anyone who has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into their life to also become baptized as soon as possible.  While baptism is not required for an enter into heaven or experience eternal life in Christ act of salvation, baptism is a vital part of a saved Christian’s life.

We do not baptize infants or very young children who have unable to understand what is required to become baptized.  Instead of infant baptism, we engage in Baby Dedication according to the Scriptures.

 

Why should I be baptized?

1. Because Jesus Christ commands it.

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20)

2. To follow the example set by Jesus Christ.

“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:9)

3. It demonstrates that I am a follower of Jesus Christ.

“…many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.” (Acts 18:8)

“We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.” (1 John 2:3)

What is the meaning of Baptism?

1. It illustrates Jesus Christ’s Burial and Resurrection.

“Christ died for our sins, He was buried and He was rose again on the third day.” (1 Cor. 15:3-4)

“Having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.” (Col. 2:12)

2. It illustrates my new life as a Christian.

“When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!” (2 Cor. 5:17, Living Bible)

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:4)

Baptism doesn’t make you a believer, it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

When should I be Baptized?

As soon as you have believed! There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized.

“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” (Acts 2:41)

“Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?’ And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” (Acts 8:35-38)

What do I need to do before I get Baptized?

Join us for a baptism class. If you would like to sign up to be baptized and attend a class before you will be able to be baptized.  You may complete the baptism registration form click here or contact the church office at baptism@cfwmc.org, for more information or if you have any questions.

Can my family be Baptized together?

Yes! If each family member understands fully 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. It is a wonderful expression of commitment.

However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children.

What should I wear when I am baptized?

Women should wear shorts and a white a top with a bra. Men shorts and white T-shirt. Please bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes.

Will I have to say anything?

Not you will not have to, only yes in response to the question asked of you just before the baptism of … “Have you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour?” You will be given instruction at the beginning of the service. You will wait for your turn to be baptized. We will introduce you, briefly lower you into the water, and then you can leave the pool, dry off, and watch the others. We encourage you to invite family and friends to attend your baptism.

When is the Next Baptism?

Please contact the church office for information on the next baptism service at baptism@cfwmc.org or please make note during our Announcements or Church Bulletin.  You may also register for the next baptism class by clicking here.