At Fellowship, baptisms are a big deal! As a family of faith there is probably nothing more exciting to us than seeing someone stand and publicly declare that they are a follower of Jesus Christ. This is why we throw a big party to celebrate every single person that proclaims this newness of life. If you are ready to take that step and attend a baptism class, you can register for a class below!
Baptism is a 2000 year old Christian ceremony done publicly to declare that Jesus has changed your life and that you identify with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It uses the element of water to symbolically communicate what has happened internally: that your old way of living has been put to death, the stain of your sins have been washed away, and now you are alive in Christ (Romans 6:4-10).
Why should someone get baptized?
First and foremost as an act of obedience to what Scripture calls all followers of Jesus to (Matthew 28:1920). Secondly, to follow the example that was left for us by Jesus and his followers (Acts 2:38, Matthew 3:1317; I Peter 2:21).
When should someone get baptized?
Many times people feel they need to wait until they become the right kind of Christian, or a better person. The Gospel communicates that we could never be good enough to earn the Good News, therefore we simply accept the gift and walk in obedience. Our encouragement is for someone to get baptized as soon they have opportunity to do so. The heart of this encouragement is to recognize that there could be many logistical things that keeps someone from getting baptized within a week or months of their initial commitment, but the hindrance should never be an internal one based out of legalism, fear, guilt, shame, self-righteousness, or condemnation (Matthew 3:59; Acts 2:3738, 8:3638).
Can children be baptized?
Since baptism is such an important decision, we believe this choice should be made age-appropriately and on one’s own accord as God reveals Himself through His grace. It is our practice to baptize those over the age of twelve. We recognize there is often a genuine conversion and understanding of the Gospel of Christ for children under this age. Therefore, we consider each application for those under twelve years of age on a case by case basis. If your child is under twelve years old and has made a decision to trust in Jesus Christ, we would love to meet with you and your child and talk through next steps! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will connect with you to set something up.
If I was baptized as an infant do I need to get baptized again?
Similar to the statement above, we believe the decision to follow Christ must be made on one’s own accord since the Gospel is something that a person must choose to put their trust in. Therefore, obedience to get baptized should follow soon after the genuine decision is made on their own accord.
What do I need to do to get signed up for the next baptism service?
First, register online for our next baptism class, which will be announced soon, so stay tuned. Attending the class is mandatory in order to join in the baptism service. Registration is done via our church website. If you have previously signed up for a LifeGroup, then you will use the same login info. Otherwise you will need to create an account first (which only takes 30 seconds).
What can I expect at the baptism class?
Come to the class ready to celebrate with others who are taking this brave step of proclaiming Jesus in their life. During the class you’ll have an opportunity to learn what the Bible says about salvation and baptism as well as share your unique salvation story.
Please come prepared to have your picture taken, and share a 2 minute testimony, which answers the following questions: What was my life like before Christ? What changed in my life after putting my belief in Christ? Why am I choosing to get baptized now?
What happens on baptism Sunday?
You’ll show up 30 minutes before the service to meet with a Community Life host and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know for the morning. The only thing you need to focus on is the impact you’ll have on the hundreds of people that will hear what God has done in your life!
What should I wear or bring?
Women should be sure to wear bathing suits underneath a dark, nondescript t-shirt and dark exercise pants. Men should wear a dark, nondescript t-shirt and board shorts. Everyone should also bring a towel and a change of clothes for after the baptism.
Will there be seating for my family?
Yes, there will be seats reserved in the front of the auditorium for your family members and close friends, feel free to invite them to attend the service. If you think you’ll invite over 6-8 people, then just shoot us a message so we can rope off enough seats.
Will the event be recorded video/photo?
Yes, we have a photographer that will capture the event. We make these photos available to you within 2-3 weeks via an online photo gallery. Video is not always guaranteed, so we’ll let you know case by case.