Baptism Q & A

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WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?

“Christ died for our sins…He was buried…and He rose again.” 1 Corinthians 15:3 & 4 (KJV)

“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ…” Colossians 2:12 (GN)

“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (LB)

“By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead… so also we may live a new life!” Romans 6:4 (GN)

Baptism doesn’t make you a believer–it shows that you already believe. Baptism doesn’t “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. It is an outward evidence of an inside job!

“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.” Ephesians 2:8,9 (NIV)

WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?

“Those who accepted his [Gospel] message were baptized.” Acts 2:41 (NIV)

“Simon himself believed and was baptized.” Acts 8:13 (NIV)

“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News…and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” Acts 8:12 (NIV)

At Rock Springs, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of bap- tism before we baptize them. Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed.

This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.

At Rock Springs, it is a membership requirement that every member must have been baptized the way Jesus demonstrated, even though some of us were “confirmed” as children.

WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?

“Those who accepted his [Gospel] message were baptized…that day!” Acts 2:41 (NIV)

“Then Philip began with that passage of scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ‘Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized?’ Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ The man answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ Then Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” Acts 8:35-38 (NIV)

There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “perfect”, you’ll never feel “good enough”! Remember that baptism an initiation ceremony, not a graduation ceremony.

If you trusted in Christ some time ago, and are now considering baptism, remember that God is always pleased with our obedience! He will bless you for your step of obedience even now.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Men: Shorts and a t-shirt. (Dark is better than light)

Women: Shorts and a top or a “mu-mu” style dress rather than a swimsuit. (Dark is better than light)

Be sure to bring a change of clothes, a couple of towels, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes.

YES, it will give them a chance to hear more clearly what following Jesus means to you.
We encourage you to put your thought on paper, prior to the time you are baptized. In order to help you do this more easily we’ve included the “PREPARING YOUR TESTIMONY” guide (below).

Once you’ve prepared your testimony, consider presenting it yourself — or maybe getting a friend to read it for you!

After your testimony, the pastor will help you into the water and then briefly explain its meaning. The pastor will briefly lower you just under the water, then raise you back up.

PREPARING YOUR TESTIMONY

  • Before you start writing, pray. Ask God for help, and for the words to share.
  • Write out your testimony the way you plan to say it (word for word). Please limit your thoughts to one-and-a-half pages, typed, single-spaced. This will equal approximately 2 – 3 minutes when spoken. Include the following:

    • PART I: A LITTLE ABOUT YOU (1/4 page max)
    You can share appropriate family history and/or church background. Avoid naming reli- gious groups or denominations as this may alienate some listeners.

    • PART II: THE STRUGGLE (1/2 pages max)
    Describe your attitudes and actions before coming to faith in Jesus.

    • PART III: THE CHOICE (1/2 – 3/4 pages)
    Describe the situation that led you to trust Christ as your forgiver and leader.

    • PART IV: THE CHANGE (1/4 page max)
    Describe changes in your attitudes and actions since placing your life in God’s hands.

  • Send us a copy of your testimony. You can do so by emailing it to info@rocksprings.church, or bring it by the church office.
  • Pastor David will read your testimony, and work with you to make sure everything is ready, and that your questions have been answered. At this point, type and print out your testimony so you will be able to read from it later.
  • Practice reading your testimony so that you can look up and get eye contact with the audience.
  • Pray often about the testimony you are about to give. Also, remember that your Baptism is just a step in the journey. Continue to pray, often, about everything that happens in your life. The God you have committed to wants you to talk to Him.
  • On the day of your baptism, you’ll read your testimony from your typed sheets. Try to have a spare copy of your testimony close by in case your original gets lost in all the excitement.

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