Baptism

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?

  1. Christ was baptized. (Matthew 3:16)
  2. The Lord approved of his disciples baptizing (John 4:1-2)
  3. Christ commanded it. (Matthew 28:19)
  4. The early church gave an important place to baptism. (Acts 2:38; 4: 8:12-13, 36, 38; 10:47-48)
  5. The New Testament uses this ordinance to picture or symbolize important truths. (Romans 6:1-10; Galatians 3:27; I Peter 3:21)

Next Steps

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

One of the best ways to celebrate the resurrection of Christ is to identify with our Lord by being baptized. On Sunday, November 14, 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 day of baptism. Please contact TraceyHallstrom@bethelfc.com with any questions.

Class Dates

Adults
Sunday, October 31 at 10:45 a.m. in Room 112

Children (2nd-6th Grade)
Monday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 120 (off the gym)

Students (7th-12th Grade)
Sunday, October 31 at 6 p.m. in Solid Grounds

Rehearsal (All ages)

Saturday, November 13 at 11 a.m. in the Worship Center

Email traceyhallstrom@bethelfc.com for more information.