Celebrate Your Commitment and Faith In Christ
Because it shows…
Your willingness to follow the example of Jesus your willingness to obey the commands of Jesus;
Your willingness to be identified as a believer in Jesus; and
Your willingness to fellowship in the family of God.
We know that we have come to know Him if we obey his commands. 1 John 2:3 (NIV)
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.
The simple answer is, yes. Baptism is like a wedding ceremony in which you publicly commit yourselves to each other. In baptism you are publicly committing your life to Jesus Christ.
The person baptizing you will first introduce you to the rest of the people. Then, you will be asked if you know Jesus as your personal savior. And finally, you will be lowered into the water.
Our church recommends that you be baptized again if you have not been baptized by immersion since you became a believer.
Every Bridge member has been baptized by immersion as Jesus demonstrated and commanded us to follow.
The word “Baptize” literally means “to dip under water.” The Greek word “baptizo” means “to immerse or dip under water.”
We are so happy that you desire to follow the Lord’s example in baptism. There will probably be others
baptized with you.
1. Because we don’t have a building with a baptismal, we use a portable baptismal that is set up outside. The water is heated with a special heat pump.
2. Baptisms are generally scheduled on a Sunday morning right after our worship service. This is an excellent opportunity for you to invite people to attend The Bridge.
3. Bring a towel, a change of clothes, and a hair dryer (if desired). We encourage women to wear a swim suit with shorts and a top over the swim suit. Men may wear a swim suit or shorts and a colored t-shirt.
4. Sometimes the pastor does the baptizing and at other times it might be your small group leader or the person who led you to Christ.
5. Don’t be surprised when people clap at your baptism. It is a happy experience for every Christian when someone publicly identifies themselves as a believer by being baptized.
6. We will take lots of pictures of your baptism and you are welcome to have any of them that you like. These are usually posted on our church website.
We will also provide a certificate for you to pick up at the information table the week after your baptism.
Jesus said, “Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matt. 28:19-20
“We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.”
It is a symbol of Christ’s burial and
“Christ died for our sins…he was buried…and he rose again.” I Cor. 15:3,4
It is the best way to picture a burial and resurrection.
The founders of denominations agree:
“I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the word imports and the mystery signifies.”
“The word ‘baptize’ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church.”
“Buried with Him, alluding to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.”
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!”II 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 we also might live a new life!” Romans 6:4
Baptism does not make you a believer, it shows that you already are one! Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made 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.” Eph. 2:8,9
Like Jesus was baptized – by being immersed in water.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” Matthew 3:16
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion under water.
“…then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” Acts 8:38,39