The word baptise or ‘baptizo’ means to immerse or submerge. Baptism is an act of obedience to God where a person publicly declares their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Baptism paints the picture of what has already taken place within the life of a believer. In Churches of Christ we do not practice infant baptism but rather baptism by full immersion in water. Baptism is only for people who have confessed faith in Jesus Christ. Churches of Christ encourages adult baptism because:
Jesus Modeled It
Jesus Commanded It
The Early Church Practiced It
The Bible Teaches It
1) What If I Have Been Christened As An Infant Or Baptised Previously?
If you were baptised as a child in another Christian tradition, some key questions to ask are: Do I remember it? What did it mean to me? Did I understand what I was doing? If you can’t remember being baptised, then there is may be a case for you to be baptised in a Churches of Christ tradition. Again, this depends on individual circumstances and
conversations with church leaders.
2) How Do I Know That I Am Ready?
A common objection to baptism is “I’m not ready yet”. On one level, this is acceptable. If you are still unsure that you want to follow Jesus as Lord, then it is not the time for you to be baptised. Declaring Jesus as Lord is an important step – the most important of your life – and one that you should be sure of, without the added ‘pressure’ of baptism.
However, if you are confident that Jesus is your Lord and Saviour, and you still feel unready, then it’s time to explore
those feelings. With a trusted leader or friend, consider the following points:
Read Acts 8:26-40; 9:1-1
3) Who Can Baptise Me?
We believe that any mature Christian can baptise a person. It can be a pastor, leader or even the person who has had the most impact upon you becoming a Christian. This is ultimately your decision and something to pray about as you consider your baptism.
4) Where Can I Be Baptised?
Many people choose to take advantage of local churches baptisteries as they provide a convenient option, however you may also choose to be baptised at the beach, river or even a swimming pool. The important thing to remember is not so much the location but rather the public declaration of your faith.
If you would like to talk further about baptism please contact the church office.