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BAPTISMS AT GRACE
 
Now that you have given your life over to Jesus Christ the next step would be to get baptized. The following are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding baptism.
 
Baptismal services will be scheduled at least three times per year or as often as is necessary. We would like to lead as many people as we can to the Lord and following the command of Jesus, baptize them in water.  Baptisms will be conducted in our baptismal pool in the church’s basement.
 
Prior to baptism, people who have committed their lives to the Lord will  sit in a new believer’s class. This class is not a requirement for baptism but we want people to make an informed decision about this very important and life changing step. In some cases new believers may be baptized without going through the class but it is recommended that the do so at some point.  For those who are not able to attend classes, the studies are provided on this site.
 
 
BAPTISM FAQs
 

1.    WHAT IS THE SCRIPTURAL MEANING OF BAPTISM?

Baptism illustrates the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It also illustrates the beginning of a believer’s new life as a Christian. According to the scriptures all men are lost and “dead” in their sins. Through baptism a person is “buried” with Christ and then “raised” as a new person in Him. Baptism does not make a person a believer but it indicates what he or she already believes.  Baptism also does not “save” a person; only a person’s faith in Christ can do that.

  • “…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” 1 Corinthians 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.” Colossians 2:12
  • “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • “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
  • “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

2.    WHY SHOULD I GET BAPTIZED?

Baptism is a symbolic gesture of being one with Christ. It is an outward identification that signals that a person now belongs to Jesus Christ. When a person gets married a wedding ring symbolizes that new relationship, likewise baptism is the outward symbol of a commitment made in the heart.  In His “great commission” to the disciples and to the church Jesus commanded that that people be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

  • Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” Acts 2:38
  • The eunuch asked Phillip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Phillip 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 Phillip and the eunuch went down into the water and Phillip baptized him. Acts 8:34-38

3.    WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?

Every person who has believed in Christ should be baptized. Jesus commanded the Disciples to go and make disciples “baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 29:19) Peter commanded new believers to “repent and be baptized.” (Acts 2:38) Remember that baptism is not church membership – though it is recommended that you become a member of a local church – rather it is a command of the Lord

  • “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Acts 2:41
  • Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” Acts 2:38
  • “But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized.” Acts 8:12-13

4.    WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?

Baptism should take place as soon as one believes. There is no reason for a delay. In other words if a person makes a commitment to Christ and there is a large enough body of water close by, he or she can be baptized right away.  If an individual waits until they are “perfect” they will never be “good enough.”

  • “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

5.    HOW WILL I BE BAPTIZED?

The scriptural model for baptism is by full body immersion. Jesus was baptized that way and Grace follows the example of our Lord. The word “baptize” means “to dip under water.” By going completely under the water it best symbolizes the scriptural meaning of baptism, which is the death burial and resurrection. It should also be noted that all baptisms in the bible were by immersion.

  • “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16
  • “And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
    When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.” Acts 8:38-39

6.    CAN MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS BE BAPTIZED TOGETHER?

If each person puts their trust in Jesus Christ as their savior they most certainly can. Families are encouraged to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. It must be understood though, that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family or group tradition so it may not be necessary to wait on another family member. Each person must put their individual trust in Jesus and decide to follow Him as a personal commitment.
Please note that children should wait until they are old enough and able to make a personal and public confession of their faith. Generally the “age of accountability” is around 12 or thirteen.  This in no way is meant to imply that younger children cannot make such a confession; it just serves as a guide.

  • “They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.” Acts 16:31-33