"But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ they were baptized, both men and women . . ." (Acts 8:12)
We rejoice with you as you prepare to make an outward declaration of faith of what has already been performed within you.
The word Baptism means "immersion."
"Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment" (Hebrews 6:1-2).
Four kinds of baptism are in the New Testament:
- Baptism of Repentance - Baptism of John
- Baptism into Christ
- Baptism in Water
- Baptism in the Holy Ghost
Baptism in Water
- Water baptism is an outward sign of an inward working. It is displaying our immersion into Christ.
- Water baptism is your opportunity to "publicly" identify with the "public" redemption Jesus purchased for you.
To be a candidate for water baptism, you must believe and confess Jesus.
See, here is water; What does hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him" (Acts 8:36-40).
Children must be old enough to believe and confess their faith before being water baptized.
Here are some details about the day of your baptism that should help to answer a few of your questions.
Should I come early?
Yes. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to service time for instruction, which will be held in one of our adult clasrooms.
Should I sit anywhere special?
Yes. The front section of chairs on the right-hand side of the sanctuary (facing the stage) will be reserved for you and your family. An usher will seat you.
What should I wear?
Anything dark and non-clingy. No skirts. No low-cut tops or blouses; no sheer fabrics, no white. Keep in mind that you will be walking in front of the congregation wet; you will need to take special precautions to be dressed appropriately.
Do I need anything else?
Yes. You will want to bring a towel and change of clothes. You may also want to bring a hair dryer.