WHY BE BAPTIZED?
1. To follow the example set by Christ
- At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.” – Mark 1:9
2. Christ commands it.
- “Jesus said, ‘Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.’” – Matt 28:19-20
3. It demonstrates that I really am a believer.
- “… Many of the people who heard Him believed and were baptized.” – Acts 18:8
At Centre Church, we encourage those who were “confirmed” as children to be baptized as Jesus demonstrates through his baptism.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
1. It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.
- “Christ died for our sins… He was buried… and He rose again.” – 1 Cor 15:3-4
- “For when you were baptized, you were buried in Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” Col 2:12
2. It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
- “When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” – 2 Cor 5:17
- “By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead… so also we may live a new life!” – Rom 6:4
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.
- “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith… it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Eph 2:8-9
I HAVE ALREADY BEEN BAPTIZED. SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED AGAIN?
Your baptism should have signified you becoming a follower of Jesus, beginning a changed life, and uniting with a new family. If your baptism did not reflect this change of life, then you should be baptized again.
CAN MY CHILD OR INFANT BE BAPTIZED?
At Centre Church, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed. This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.
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. Young children who wish to be baptized are asked to meet with our pastor for a pre-baptism conversation. 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. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.
WILL I HAVE TO SAY ANYTHING?
The Sunday of water baptism, Pastor Josh Loeve or another ministry leader will conduct a special baptism class to explain it’s meaning and answer any questions. Baptism takes place after a church service in the front concourse. At the baptismal service, Pastor Josh Loeve will introduce you and then ask you if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour at the end of the service. You will then get changed and meet out front of the school. Where you’ll be briefly lowered into the water. Afterwards you may leave the water, dry off, and watch the others. Later you will be mailed a certificate of your baptism. We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends to attend your baptism.
Other than stating publicly that you have accepted Christ you are not required to say anything. You will be given to opportunity to give a brief testimony, but the choice is yours.