Baptism at First Baptist

Baptism is a public declaration that you are a Christ follower.

We practice a believer's baptism.  This means that someone must be following Christ to be baptized.

We also practice baptism by immersion.  We understand that throughout the centuries there have been different baptismal practices.  We baptize by immersion (you go right under the water) since we see that as the normative pattern of baptism in the New Testament.  We are not critical of other patterns and beliefs.  We don't think that the method is of primary importance.

FAQ's

Who can be baptized?

Baptism is for those who have chosen to follow Jesus.  You don't have to be perfect or spiritually mature.  If you are still checking out other spiritual options and haven't decided to follow Christ yet, then it is not the right time for you to be baptized.  If, however, you have decided to follow Christ, then this is one way that you can publicly identify with Christ.

Christians in other centuries and even in other countries today have thought that baptism was so important that they were willing to lose their jobs, their families, their reputation in the community and in some cases even their lives for it.  And they have done it with joy.  They did not let anything keep them from being obedient to Christ.

When should I be baptized?

Baptism is an initiation ritual of the Christian faith.  It is something that can be done as soon as someone makes the decision to follow Christ.

Is baptism necessary to salvation?

No, baptism is not necessary to salvation.  There is nothing that you can do to earn salvation.  That is a free gift from God.  You will still get into heaven if you have not been baptized.

Why should I be baptized?

Jesus thought that baptism was so important that He was baptized.  All through the book of Acts we see baptism occurring.  It is a decision you need to make.

If I was baptized by a different method, should I be re-baptized?

We encourage Christ followers to be baptized by immersion.  We believe that this method best symbolized the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.  It also represents your new birth as a Christ follower.

But, we also believe that this is a very personal decision.  We don't think it is the amount of water or method that is important here.

Process for baptism

1.  Participate in a baptismal class.  Before each baptism, a baptismal class is offered.  You are required to attend this class.  There will be a Bible study on baptism and you will learn more about the process of baptim at First.

2.  Prepare your story of God's work in your life.  Write out a short version of your story.  You story may answer questions like...

How did I come to First Baptist?

What does following Christ mean to me?

Why did I start to follow Christ?

What is God doing in my life right now?

What is my favourite passage of Scripture?

If you need help writing this, speak to the person leading the class.

People will be glad to hear your story.  Each story is personal and unique.  Don't feel pressure to divulge personal details that are best shared in a confidential setting.  But, we want to know what God is doing in your life so that we can celebrate with you.

3.  Procedure on the day of your baptism.  On the baptism Sunday, please arrive at the church by 9:30am and meet in the Baptism Room.  You will have time to change into whatever you are wearing for the baptism.  You can wear and available gown or you can bring your own clothes to wear.  Please wear a swimsuit under whatever you choose to wear.   You will also need a towel, something to hold your wet clothes, and anything else you need to get dried off.  After you change and dry off, you can return to the worship service.

If you have any other questions, please contact the church office or speak to the person who led your class.