What is Baptism?
Baptism was commanded by Christ in Matthew 28:19-20 and has been practiced by Christians in the Scriptures and throughout history. Baptism is the act of being immersed in water to declare a believer’s identification with the message, followers, and person of Christ. Baptism is not a requirement for receiving eternal life. Baptism at Bethel is a time of public celebration of the miraculous work of salvation that God provided through His Son.
Who should be Baptized?
Anyone who has placed their faith in Christ for salvation is encouraged to be baptized. We usually suggest that children are in 2nd grade or older before being baptized, so they can begin to understand some of the symbolism involved in baptism.
Why is Baptism important?
- Christ was baptized. (Matthew 3:16)
- The Lord approved of his disciples baptizing (John 4:1-2)
- Christ commanded it. (Matthew 28:19)
- The early church gave an important place to baptism. (Acts 2:38; 4: 8:12-13, 36, 38; 10:47-48)
- The New Testament uses this ordinance to picture or symbolize important truths. (Romans 6:1-10; Galatians 3:27; I Peter 3:21)
I want to be Baptized
We offer Baptism each year on Easter Sunday and in November. There is an informational class to prepare for that Sunday and a walk-through rehearsal so you can know what to expect on the day of baptism.
Save the Date for Baptism
During the Worship Services on Sunday, April 9, 2023 we will celebrate with those who have trusted Christ and desire to be baptized. Adults, youth, and children (grade 2 and up) are welcome and no public speaking is required. Please attend an informational class to prepare for that Sunday and the Rehearsal so you can know what to expect on the baptism day. Please email TraceyHallstrom@bethelfc.com with any questions.