We're so excited that you're interested in baptism! We believe baptism is an important step for every person who has put their faith in Jesus by asking him to be the forgiver of their sins and leader of their life.
WHAT Is Baptism?
The writers of scripture teach that Jesus Christ's death on the cross paid the full price for our sin. We believe Jesus' resurrection showed His victory over the power of sin and death. Therefore, forgiveness of sin and our salvation occur only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus as the sufficient payment for his or her sin. We believe baptism publicly illustrates what has already taken place in a person's heart when they put their faith in Jesus. It is a way of showing others you have entered into a relationship with Him. It tells the world you have:
- Trusted Jesus Christ as your forgiver and leader.
- Publicly declared your new association with Jesus; someone different than you followed before.
- Identified with Jesus in His death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life). It is a symbolic grave that we descend into and arise from.
- Been washed clean of your sins and forgiven by Jesus' death on the cross.
- Connected yourself to the community of faith called the Church.
It's important to understand that baptism does not "save" you. You are "saved" only by faith in Jesus. Baptism is a demonstration that you already are "saved" and are a follower of Christ. A Christ-follower, then, is one who is trusting in or depending upon the work of Jesus alone for his or her salvation.
Take a look at this animated video explaining what Baptism is all about:
WHO Should Be Baptized?
Because Jesus instructed his followers to be baptized, baptism is also an act of obedience. If you have put your faith in Jesus, by asking him to be the forgiver of your sins and the leader of your life, then you are a follower of Christ and ready to be baptized! Just like a bride and groom show their devotion for one another by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is your opportunity to show others you are now a follower of Jesus Christ!
WHEN Should Someone Be Baptized?
There is no reason to delay! As soon as you have put your faith in Jesus you can, and should, be baptized. If you're waiting until you're perfect, you'll never be ready. If you have have not yet put your faith in Jesus, by asking him to be the forgiver of your sins, and leader of your life, but are ready to, or if you have any questions about how to begin a personal relationship with Jesus, we would love to help you take that first step. Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Process?
At Relevant, our baptism process has been designed to be both simple and meaningful. If you think that baptism may be the next step for you, simply begin by filling out our Baptism interest form and someone from our Baptism team will contact you to begin the process, answer any questions you may have, and work with you to schedule your baptism. If you have further questions and would like to talk to someone before filling out the interest form, simply email email@example.com.
What About Infant Baptism?
Some denominations choose to baptize (christen) infants. While we recognize the right of other churches to practice infant baptism, we understand the writers of scripture to teach that only believers in Jesus Christ are to be baptized. Baptism does not make you a believer; it simply shows you already believe.
At Relevant, we practice the dedication of infants, rather than the baptism of infants. Child Dedication is an opportunity for parents to make a public commitment before God, the church, and their family expressing a desire to raise their children to follow God and love others. We do Child Dedications three times a year—during the first Sunday of March, July, and November—at the Sunday gathering of your choice. The deadline to register is the Sunday before Child Dedication Sunday.
You can register for Child Dedication anytime using this sign up form. If you have questions regarding Child Dedication, email our Children's Ministry Director, Ashley Wuthrich, at firstname.lastname@example.org.