What is Baptism All About?
A simple definition of baptism is to say that “baptism is a burial, not a bath.” While some believe that baptism “washes” away our sins, the bible teaches that only the blood of Jesus Christ has the power to cleanse us from sin.
Romans 6:1-4 teaches us that our baptism in water is a symbolic burial of our old life, which died when we were “baptized” into Christ by the Holy Spirit at the moment of our conversion.
Because baptism signifies a burial, we only baptize by immersion. Placing a person completely under water and then bringing them up again represents their being buried and then raised to a new life.
What Does Baptism Signify?
1. You are publicly identifying with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
2. You have turned from your old life of sin and God has given you new life in Jesus.
3. You’re “going public” with your relationship with Jesus.
Frequently Asked Questions About Baptism At Brookstone Church:
What happens at a baptism?
Prior to your baptism, one of our pastors will contact you to confirm your salvation. Following this, Pastor Jim’s assistant will contact you to let you know where to meet, what to wear, etc…. Everyone who is going to be baptized will meet with Pastor Jim prior to the service for a brief meeting.
Once in the water, our pastor may make conversation with you, ask some brief questions, and then lay hands behind your head and shoulder to help you go under the water. When you come up out of the water, please know that it is fully acceptable to express your feelings. This is a very emotional time. There is nothing more beautiful than people cheering and joining in with you as you celebrate your faith in Jesus. You will then leave the water, dry off, watch and rejoice with other people who are getting baptized. We will send you a baptism certificate along with a video or pictures to commemorate your commitment to Jesus.
What should I wear when I’m baptized?
Bathrooms will be readily available for those who are participating in the baptism service. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes. We provide a baptism tee shirt to all those being baptized. We ask that you wear this tee shirt along with dark colored pants.
Can I be baptized together with my family members?
Of course, we encourage it! If each one of your family members has professed faith in Jesus Christ and understands the meaning of baptism, we encourage you to be baptized at the same time. It is our policy to not baptize children under age 8.
It’s important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a religious tradition. If God has placed it on your heart to get baptized, don’t delay your baptism while you wait on other people in your family to accept Jesus. You will delay your own obedience to God and put pressure on your family members who aren’t ready to trust Jesus yet.
Who should I invite?
We hope you will invite your friends and family to see you get baptized. Nothing is more important to us than our relationship with Jesus, and this is a great opportunity to celebrate it. We have found that even those in your family and circle of friends who are not religious, or who have not made a commitment to Christ, are usually happy to attend and support you.
What if I have special needs?
Please let us know of any special needs you may have when you register for baptism. We will then figure out what will work best for your special circumstances.