Baptism at Word of Life Baptist Church...
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
1. It illustrates Christs burial and resurrection.
"Christ died for our sins... He was buried... and He rose again."
--I Cor. 15:3-4
"For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ." --Col. 2:12
2. It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
"When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!"
--2 Cor. 5:17
"By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead... so also we may live a new life!" --Rom. 6:4
Baptism doesn't make you a believer - it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not "save" you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring - its the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith... it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." --Ephesians 2:8,9
WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?
1. Because Jesus was baptized that way. "As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water." --Matt. 3:16
2. Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
(Example) "...then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water..."
The word Baptize means "To dip under water"
The Greek work Baptizo means "To immerse or dip under water".
It best symbolized a burial and resurrection!
3. The founders of denominations agree:
Martin Luther... "I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the work imports and the mystery signifies."
John Calvin... "The word baptize signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church."
John Wesley... "Buried with Him, alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church."
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
1. Every person who has believed in Christ.
"Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized..."
"Simon himself believed and was baptized..." --Acts 8:13
"But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News... and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women."
2. At Word of Life, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
The baptism talked about in the Bible was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ. At Word of Life, it is a membership requirement that every member must have been baptized the way Jesus demonstrated.
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
As soon as you have believed.
"Those who believe...were baptized...that day!" --Acts 2:41
"Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, Look, here is water! Why shouldnt I be baptized right now? Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. The man answered, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him." --Acts 8:35-38
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are "perfect", youll never feel "good enough"!
Please call the church office at 354-8019 or by email to set up a short pre-baptismal appointment. At this mandatory meeting with members of our deacon serving team or elders we will encourage you as you put your faith into words.
Baptism at Word of Life are scheduled for the third Sunday of every month. During the warmer months the ordinance of baptism occurs down at the Thunder Bay River off a platform on the church property.
CAN MY FAMILY BE BAPTIZED TOGETHER?
Yes! If each family member understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR WHEN I AM BAPTIZED?
A heavy weight baptismal gown will be provided. Women should wear white undergarments and white or tan shorts with a white t-shirt or top which will preserve modesty. Men may wear a swimsuit or dark slacks and t-shirt. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet articles of clothing.
YOUR BAPTISMAL SERVICE
Please arrive early enough to allow adequate time to change your clothes, and to meet with a Pastor 15 minutes early before the service starts to pray and to preview the service schedule. Use restrooms in the lower level of the church for changing. At the beginning of the service, The Pastor will briefly explain the meaning of baptism and call you into the baptistry. You will enter the water from the right side of the church sanctuary (parking lot side) and will exit to the left. A deacon or deaconess will be at each door to assist you. The Pastor will introduce you and confirm your faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you from your sin. At this time share a brief testimony of your conversion and a verse of Scripture. You will be briefly lowered just under the water, and then you can leave the pool, dry off, and watch the others. Later you will be mailed a certificate of your baptism certificate. We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends to attend your baptism. Please write out on a 3 by 5 card all family members who you would like recognized in attendance at your baptism service.
During the warmer summer months there is the opportunity to be baptized in the river on the church property. There will be tents to change out of your wet clothing and a washbasin for rinsing your feet before entering the changing tent. A deacon or deaconess will assist you at the rivers edge and personal testimonies will be given before entering the water. Friends and family members attending the service may bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on during the service.
PREPARING YOUR PERSONAL TESTIMONY
Please remember to bring your testimony written or printed out to read to the church family during the service.
If you are interested in baptism please contact the church office.