Would you or someone you know like to be baptized?
Some of us are drawn to Christ as Lord when we are adults; some of us are born into and raised in a Christian home. Whether you are three days old, 33 years old, or 93 years old, baptism brings about forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives everlasting salvation to all who believe Christ’s promise. Baptism is not some sort of religious magic: “because we have done this; God does this.” No. We believe baptism is a promise from Jesus Christ; we depend therefore on the promise giver. We take Jesus at his word when he says in Matthew 28: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Therefore…
…For families with infants or children, we have a three (3) session course to help families and parents prepare for baptism. Call the church office to register for this course. We call this course “Raising a Healthy Baby/Baptism Stepping Stone” and it centers on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of children and parents. The teachers are Dr. Sarah Canion and Pastor Paul.
…For teens or adults who wish to be baptized, we set up small groups to learn in an age appropriate, relational setting what the Bible teaches about baptism and what is to come under Jesus lordship. Teachers are Pastor Paul, Kay Magness and others. Call the church office to inquire.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is not merely water; it is water used according to God’s command and connected with God’s Word.
What is this Word of God?
It is the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in the last chapter of Matthew, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
What gifts or benefits does Baptism bring?
It brings about forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives everlasting salvation to all who believe, as the Word and promise of God declare.
What is this Word and promise of God?
It is the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in the last chapter of Mark, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).
How can water do such great things?
It is not the water that does these things, but the Word of God connected with the water and our faith which relies on that Word. For without the Word of God it is simply water and not Baptism. But when connected with the Word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of regeneration in the Holy Spirit.
As Saint Paul says to Titus, “He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.The saying is trustworthy” (Titus 3:5-8a ESV).
What is the significance of baptizing with water?
It signifies that the old Adam in us, together with all sins and evil desires, should be drowned by daily sorrow for sin and repentance and be put to death, and that the new person should come forth every day and rise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.
Where is this written?
Saint Paul says in Romans, “We were buried therefore with him by Baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4 ESV). (from: The Small Catechism, by Martin Luther ©Reclaim Resources, Sola Publishing, 2011)