Baptism

Baptism

Finding new life in Christ

Finding new life in Christ

If you have made the decision to follow Christ, then water baptism is your next step! It is a life-changing event that is pivotal in your Christian walk and starting your new life in Christ. Jesus commands his followers to be baptized just as he was. When Christians are baptized, they are submerged underwater to unite to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Upon coming out of the water, they leave their old lives behind and find a brand new life in Christ!

Our next baptism service is TBD

Invite Your Friends
and Family

We are excited to celebrate the new life you have found in Christ, and we invite you to bring your friends and family to the service so they can witness this amazing event along with you.

Come Early

We ask you to come fifteen minutes early to the service in which you will be baptized. You will go to the main auditorium where you will connect with a leader in front of the baptismal tank. They will give you brief instructions, answer any questions you may have, and show you where to store your belongings.

A seating area will be reserved in the front section of the auditorium by the baptismal tank for those being baptized.

What to Bring

You should come to church dressed in the clothes you will wear for baptism. Dark colored shorts and shirts are suggested. Bring a change of clothes and a towel for after, and we will provide a space for you to change.

If you have made the decision to follow Christ, then water baptism is your next step! It is a life-changing event that is pivotal in your Christian walk and starting your new life in Christ. Jesus commands his followers to be baptized just as he was. When Christians are baptized, they are submerged underwater to unite to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Upon coming out of the water, they leave their old lives behind and find a brand new life in Christ!

Our next baptism service is TBD

Invite Your Friends
and Family

We are excited to celebrate the new life you have found in Christ, and we invite you to bring your friends and family to the service so they can witness this amazing event along with you.

Come Early

We ask you to come fifteen minutes early to the service in which you will be baptized. You will go to the main auditorium where you will connect with a leader in front of the baptismal tank. They will give you brief instructions, answer any questions you may have, and show you where to store your belongings.

A seating area will be reserved in the front section of the auditorium by the baptismal tank for those being baptized.

What to Bring

You should come to church dressed in the clothes you will wear for baptism. Dark colored shorts and shirts are suggested. Bring a change of clothes and a towel for after, and we will provide a space for you to change.

Questions about Baptism

Why should I be baptized?
Baptism is a burial service to put off the flesh and bury the old nature.

 “In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.” Colossians 2:11-12 (NIV)

Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 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 6:3-4 (NIV) 

Baptism is a spiritual cleansing

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22 (NIV)

“and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” 1 Peter 3:21 (NIV)

“And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.” Acts 22:16 (NIV)

Baptism enters us into the newness of life granted us by the power of Christ’s resurrection.

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. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.” Romans 6:4-5 (NIV)

“Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,” Colossians 2:12-13 (NIV)

Why should I be baptized by immersion?
Jesus was baptized that way.

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.” Matt 3:16 (NIV)

Baptism in the Bible was by immersion.

The Word “baptize” means “to dip under water”. The Greek word baptizo means, “to immerse or dip under water.”

“Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:38-39 (NIV)

Who should be baptized?

Every person who has repented of their sin and believed in Christ as Lord and Savior. This repentance means to deliberately turn away from sin and trust with total surrender in Jesus Christ. 

When an individual is not ready to leave their old ways behind or if a child is too young to understand, then the spiritual effects of baptism are lost and become insignificant.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” Matthew 3:7-8 (NIV)

He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” Luke 3:3 (NIV)

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38 (NIV)

When should I be baptized?

When you confess and turn from sin and believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior. 

There is no reason to delay. As soon as you turn from sin and decide to receive Christ into your life, you can be baptized. If you wait until you are “perfect”, you’ll never feel “good enough”.

I have already been baptized. Should I be baptized again?
Your baptism should have signified you becoming a follower of Jesus and beginning a changed life. If your baptism did not reflect this change of life, then you should consider being baptized again.
Should children be baptized?

At Christian Life Fellowship, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. We do practice Baby Dedications which is a covenant ceremony between the parents and God on behalf of the child. For more information on Baby Dedications, refer to our Kids Ministry page.

 

Can my family be baptized together?
Yes! If each family member fully understands the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed their trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized together. It is a wonderful expression of commitment.

It is important to remember that baptism is a personal commitment of faith, not a family tradition. We do not need to delay our baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children. This puts an undue pressure on them and delays our obedience.

“At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.” Acts 16:33 (NIV)

What will happen the day of the service?

At the end of service, one of our leaders will briefly explain the meaning of baptism. Those being baptized will be invited up to the platform, and you will be asked to share your name. From there assistants will guide you into a line where you will wait to be called over to the tank. Please sit feet forward and cross your arms over your chest with one hand covering your nose and mouth. A leader will pray over you. You will be briefly submerged and raised back up out of the water. At that point in time you will be assisted out of the tank. Someone will direct you to the changing area.

We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends to attend your baptism.

Special Needs
Private baptisms can be performed in special circumstances. For more information please contact our Church Office at (239)-283-2299.

For information on Children’s baptisms, visit our Kids Ministry page.