AN OUTWARD SYMBOL OF AN INWARD DECISION
WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Baptism is a public demonstration of your faith in Jesus Christ.
It's Like a Wedding Ring
A wedding ring doesn't make you married, but is an outward symbol of a decision you have made. The same is true of baptism. Baptism doesn't save you, but is an outward symbol of your salvation.
We have dedicated services throughout the year to celebrate together the public baptisms of people in our congregation. Some share their testimonies as well! It is a great Sunday to see what Jesus is doing.
It's Full Immersion
Just like Jesus went down into death, and came up to life - full immersion baptism is the best representation what Jesus did for us. It demonstrations us dying to our old self, and rising in life with Christ.
It's After Conversion
We practice baptism whereby people are able to consent and understand its significance - have crossed the line of faith. We do not baptize babies or young children, but we do offer child dedications.
Why Get Baptized?
“Go out and train everyone you meet in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day, right to the end of the age.”
- Matthew 28:18-20
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BAPTISM TESTIMONY TIPS
If you're planning on sharing your testimony at your baptism, here's a few tips!
Introduce yourself with your first and last name
Share something about your life before Christ (2-3 sentences)
Explain how and when you accepted Christ as your personal Saviour.
Thank 1-2 people who have helped you in your walk (optional)
Finish with a declaration of faith
e.g. “I’m here today to let you know that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviour”
Length & Content
Over time, we have heard feedback on things that may offend or cause confusion for people. It's our goal to help you be as clear as possible while keeping the focus on who Christ is and what baptism is all about.
Please keep your testimony brief and to the point.
Aim for under 300 words.
Longer stories will be returned to you for revision.
Please be open to feedback!
Be Clear About Your Salvation
Your walk with Christ is definitely a process, but you need to be able to express a point in time that you recognized that you are a sinner in need of a Saviour. You don’t have to know the date, but there was a point when you accepted Christ and made the choice to follow him—express that clearly.
Similarly, please avoid the phrase that you have “always been a Christian”; this gives the idea that your salvation is something that you can inherit, or is the result of growing up in a Christian home.
Tricky Topics to Avoid
Keep details about drug use, sex, pornography, abortion, or divorce to a minimum.
Avoid talking about the sins of someone else.
Avoid mentioning previous Christian denominations; however feel free to mention previous religions (for example, Buddhist, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, etc.).
ONLY mention your infant christening if it is relevant to why you are choosing to be baptized now. It is important to differentiate between a christening and your current baptism. You may not have the time to come back around and make this clear.
Remember, Practice makes perfect!
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
- 1 Peter 3:15a