We are so glad that you are considering baptism. Please take some time to review the following information about baptism. To sign up for baptism, please fill out the connection card on Sunday and drop it in the offering or e-mail us at: email@example.com.
Why Should I Be Baptized?
To follow the example set by Christ. Mark 1:9 “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.”
Because Christ commanded it. Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
It demonstrates that I really am a believer. 1 John 2:3 “We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.”
What Is The Meaning of Baptism?
It is a visual picture of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...” Colossians 2:12 “having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.”
Baptism illustrates the new life of a believer. Romans 6:4 “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Baptism does not save us, it is a picture of our salvation.
Who Should Be Baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ. A Believer is someone who has realized that their sin has separated them from God. They have given up all efforts to reach God through good works or religious activity. They have concluded that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for their sins is the only remedy to restore the relationship between them and God. A Believer is someone who has decided to trust Christ alone for salvation. If you have come to that point in your spiritual journey, then you are ready to be baptized. (Acts 2:41; 8:12-13)
What About Children?
At Restoration we wait until a child is old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. When a child makes a decision for Christ, we gladly baptize them into the Christian community of faith.
When Should I Be Baptized?
As soon as you have believed. Acts 8:12 “But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
What Do I Wear?
Dress in clothing that you do not mind getting wet! You should wear a dark shirt and shorts. Remember to bring a change of clothes to wear home. Please bring a towel and arrive 30 minutes before the service for some last-minute instructions.
What Do I Need To Do?
Tell us your story! How did you come to find Jesus the Christ as your Lord and Savior? In Titus 3: 3-7 the writer of the letter, Paul, reminds Titus of who they used to be and what God has rescued them for.
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
Here are some questions to help guide you:
What was your life like leading up to this life-changing revelation? What freedom and joy have you experienced as a result of entering God’s family? In terms of the word“Restoration” (Definition: a. “The return of something to its former owner, place or condition.” b. “The restitution of something taken away or lost.”) what has happened to you? Why do you want to be baptized? Please send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.