What is Baptism?
Baptism is an outward expression and celebration of the decision you made when you entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Baptism symbolizes the transformation that took place in your heart at the time of salvation, while publicly announcing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. It represents sharing in Christ’s death and resurrection, being washed clean and being forgiven of your sins.
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, Baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God.
Who should be Baptized?
Baptism is for those who have committed their lives to Christ. If you have accepted His gift of salvation and committed your life to following Him, then you should be baptized.
What does the Bible say about Baptism?
- Baptism is the means by which someone is identified as a follower of Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20)
- Baptism is the act through which we formally become members of the Body of Christ. (I Corinthians 12:13)
- Baptism by immersion identifies us with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It represents our death to self and sin, and our resurrection to new life in Him.
- The water of Baptism represents the washing away of our sins as well as the cleansing of our hearts and lives before God. (Acts 22:16)
How do I sign up to be Baptized?
That’s easy! All you have to do is click HERE and complete the online registration form. We’ll be in touch after that.
Frequently Asked Questions About Baptism
If I was baptized in another church, do I need to be baptized again?
No. As long as your Baptism was a Christian Baptism, you do not need to be baptized again.
What about infant Baptism? Can my child be baptized?
The Wesleyan Church does allow for infant Baptism as an expression of the grace of God that is already at work in the heart of that child. We also allow for the dedication of children, through which God’s blessing is formally sought for the child and the parents publicly commit themselves to raise their child in accordance with the Scriptures.
Parents or guardians interested in baptizing a child should contact Erin Coullard, our Crosswinds Kid’s Ministry Director. She would really enjoy the opportunity to talk with you and your child about Baptism. Erin can be reached at (585) 394-5857 or email@example.com.
If I was baptized as a child, do I need to be baptized again?
No, your Baptism as a child doesn’t expire. However, when someone is baptized as an infant, the responsibility of following and growing in Christ lies with the infant’s parents. Therefore, many people who were baptized as infants desire to be baptized again as adults in order to publicly profess their own faith as well as their personal decision and commitment to follow Christ.
Does Baptism have to be by immersion?
While The Wesleyan Church respects those denominations that believe this to be the case, we do not think the New Testament legislates any particular mode of Baptism. The value of the sacrament of Baptism is in the life and heart of the believer and in the grace of God, not in the amount of water used. As a result, we affirm Baptism that is done by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion.
How does the service work?
We will have a meeting one-half hour prior to each service in the front of the Ministry Center to explain the actual Baptism process and answer any questions. It is essential that you arrive on time for this meeting.
During the Baptism service, you will be invited into the water while an announcer reads your testimony, or a video of you giving your testimony plays. If you would like, you may have a family member or friend join you up front (outside the Baptismal pool) during your Baptism. This could be a special person in your life who has walked alongside you in your journey. During your Baptism, they would only need to hold your towel and congratulate you when you are done. Following the reading or video, you will be baptized by the pastor or ministry director you chose. The pastor or ministry director will say a few words, then help ease you backwards, immersing you in the water, and then ease you back up again.
What should I wear?
For modesty purposes, both men and women should wear dark colored T-shirts and shorts or pants. Please choose wisely and consider how your outfit will look on you once it is wet. Again, we stress modesty in your choice of clothing. Please also bring a towel and change of clothes.
What if I have more questions?
If you have any further questions or would like to talk with a pastor, please contact the church office at (585) 394-5857 or firstname.lastname@example.org.