Baptism

Water baptism is a celebration of Salvation in Christ

Baptism is an important step in obedience to Jesus as we follow His example of being water baptized while here on earth. When Christians are baptized, they are submerged underwater to symbolize the death and burial of Christ. When they come out of the water, it is symbolic of Jesus’ resurrection and our new life in Him.

Our next baptism service is Sunday, April 29

Ready to be Baptized?

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 celebrate with us!

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?
Those who choose to be Baptized are following the example of Jesus.

“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” Mark 1:9 (NIV)

Baptism is something Jesus commanded.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt 28:19-20 (NIV)

Baptism is the demonstration of what I believe.

“…and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.” Acts 18:8 (NIV)

Baptism illustrates my new life as a Christian.

“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.” Rom 6:4 (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 believed in Christ.

Believing should always precede baptism; those who do not believe or are too young to understand should not be baptized.

“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. Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.” Acts 8:12-13(NIV)

When should I be baptized?
When you believe in Jesus as Savior. 

“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. What can stand in the way of my being 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 (NIV)

There is no reason to delay. As soon as you 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.

Young children who wish to be baptized:

If your child desires to be baptized, we ask that they sign-up with our online form. During this process, they will view a short video explaining the meaning behind Baptism.

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?
After the first song in Worship, 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.