What is baptism?
In what is commonly called the Great Commission, Jesus declared these words:
“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.”
Here we have God’s command for baptism. In the Gospel accounts (Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22, John 1:32-34), we are also told that Jesus came to John the Baptist to be baptized and “fulfill all righteousness” as the initiation of his earthly ministry. So we value its significance.
But what is baptism? Millard Erickson succinctly defines baptism as an act of faith and testimony that we have been united with Christ in his death and resurrection. It is a picture of what we have entered into as followers of Jesus. Baptism is how we go public with our faith.
Who should be baptized?
In the book of Acts, we are told that on the day of Pentecost, Peter addressed a crowd in Jerusalem and declared the gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:14-41). We are told that they were cut to the heart and cried out, “What shall we do?” Peter replied:
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Here we have a clear picture and promise that baptism is commanded for all who have repented and trusted in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Therefore, baptism is for people who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ.
What is a baby dedication?
Although baby dedications are irregular, we believe as a church family that it is prudent and helpful to present our children before our body of believers so that we can cover our families in prayer. It also allows parents, brothers, and sisters an opportunity to commit to the Lord how they will raise their child in the ways and teachings of Jesus.
When is the next baptism?
At regular times throughout the year, we baptize people with water and God’s Word at the conclusion of our Weekly Gathering. So if you are interested in being baptized or have any questions about baptism, please email Hannah Steele.