WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF WATER BAPTISM?
Through water baptism, we identify, with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It’s like saying to the Lord Jesus, “Your death is my death—I no longer have to die for my sins. Your life is my life—I now have your eternal life, and I will not die for my sins” (Romans 3:23; 6:23; 10:13). As you are immersed under water, you bury your old sinful nature.
When you come up out of the water, you experience the new life and resurrection that belong to you through Jesus.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WATER BAPTISM?
Baptism is a symbol of a covenant and commitment much like a wedding ring. This ring does not make a couple married; the ring is a symbol to others of the promise and covenant they made in their hearts to each other. Baptism is a demonstration, testifying before God and man of the promise and covenant a person has made in his heart with Jesus.
At the same time, baptism is more than just a symbol. There is a very real spiritual work that is accomplished in the waters of baptism as God cuts away the old, sin-loving nature from our hearts (Colossians 2:11-12).
WHO SHOULD BE WATER BAPTIZED?
All those who have committed themselves to Jesus Christ as their Lord by turning away from sin and trusting in him, should be baptized. Once you have committed yourself to Jesus Christ and acknowledge Him as Lord, you are ready for water baptism.
CAN BABIES BE WATER BAPTIZED?
Every baptism that took place in the Bible occurred when someone was old enough to make a faith decision. Our understanding as a church is that as Scripture teaches, baptism is an expression of the commitment of the person being baptized.
At Faith, parents who love Christ and want to express their desire to raise their children in the faith, have the opportunity to participate in a ceremony of dedication to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:21- 24). When parents have a child, they stand with all of us, in the midst of their faith community and promise to raise their children to know Jesus. Baptism, of an older child or mature adults, is never a replacement of a baptism that may have taken place in your life as a child. It is simply a way of saying, “I am making my own personal choice—I choose Jesus. I’m going public with my intent to follow Him.”
WHY SHOULD I BE WATER BAPTIZED?
When we’re baptized, we follow the example set by Christ. “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan” (Mark 1:9). It’s a profound and clear example set by Jesus Christ.
Not only did Jesus set the example for us, but also He commands us to lead others in this way. In Matthew 28:19, He says “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.”
Lastly, it demonstrates that you are a believer; “But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ they were baptized, both men and women (Acts 8:12).
HOW SHOULD I BE WATER BAPTIZED?
Because the Greek word for “baptize” literally means to immerse or dunk, baptism is to be done by immersion in water. Jesus was immersed (Matthew 3:13-17), the early Church immersed (Acts 2:41) and the New Testament teaches only baptism by immersion.
WHEN SHOULD I GET WATER BAPTIZED?
You should get water baptized at your first opportunity after you have received Christ as your Lord and Savior (Acts 8:35-39; 16:30-34; 18:8). At Faith we have several Going Public services spread throughout the year. These dates are published in the church bulletin, listed on our website and available by calling our church office (713-896-1808).
If you’ve recently prayed to receive Christ, we encourage you to join a ROOTED group. This group will equip you as you grow in relationship with God and others and will offer this baptism to you as part of the curriculum.
Since Going Public with your faith is a meaningful decision, we believe it’s important that you understand why we get baptized as well as what happens on the day of baptism.
Attending Baptism Orientation ensures you receive answers to your questions, and removes any intimidation you may experience by walking through what to expect on your big day.
Our pastors tailor the orientation to address the questions that arise from different age groups: children, students, adults, and families.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR WATER BAPTISM?