1. How old must a person be to be baptized?
Only a sincere and well-informed profession of faith is necessary. At Christ Community, we wait until our children are old enough to believe, understand and articulate their faith before we baptize them. Children under the age of ten typically have difficulty articulating their decision to believe in Christ’s death as payment for their sin and so we baptize only those in 4th grade and up.
Some denominations christen infants, however, it is our conviction, based on biblical instruction and practice, that baptism is reserved for professing followers of Jesus. Baby baptism and dedication should be kept as two distinct practices. Christ Community offers child dedication services twice a year and is a confirmation between the parents and the church that each will do their part to see the child discover and fulfill God's unique purpose for his or her life.
2. Who should be baptized?
Every person who has believed in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Baptism is a vital first step as a believer. “Those who accepted his message were baptized.” Acts 2:41 “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.” Acts 8:12.
3. Should a person be re-baptized?
Some people realize that the infant rite performed on them missed some of the essential significance God intended for baptism. Others sense that their mode of baptism lacked the powerful symbolism of immersion. And still others recognize that they were baptized without having saving faith, maybe under pressure, or as an initiation rite into a religious system that deviated from the true Gospel. Any of these reasons are legitimate cause to get in the water again.
4. What does it mean to believe in Christ as my Lord and Savior?
There are four essential truths that make up the core message of the Bible. If you believe these four truths and have put your faith in Jesus as a result, you are ready to join our baptism celebration.
Truth 1: God loves me and created me to know him personally. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Truth 2: My sin separates me from God, therefore I cannot know him and experience his love. “The wages of sin is death (or spiritual separation from God).” Romans 6:23
Truth 3: Jesus Christ is God’s only solution to my sin. Only through him may I experience God’s love and receive his forgiveness. “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me.” John 14:6
Truth 4: I must receive Jesus as Savior and Lord of my life in order to know God personally and experience his love. “It is by grace that 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
5. What is the meaning of baptism?
1. It illustrates Jesus Christ’s burial and resurrection. “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: 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
2. It is a picture of my new life as a Christian. Going under the water, we
picture our burial – dead to our old life of sin. Coming out of the water, we picture
resurrection – our new life in Jesus.
“We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were 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 6:2-4
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 1 Corinthians 5:17. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is a symbol of the commitment you’ve made to Christ, just like wearing a
wedding ring symbolizes a marriage commitment.
“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