Congratulations on your desire to take the next step in your Christian journey. By being baptized you are following the example set by Jesus and his command that every Christian be baptized.
The following web pages have been designed to provide you with all the necessary information you will need in order to be baptized. If you have additional questions please contact the church office at 253-638-1907.
Our Belief About Water Baptism
Who Should Be Baptized
Every person who has believed in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ! If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized. Being baptized demonstrates that I’m really a believer. Baptism doesn’t make you a Christian, it just shows that you are a Christian. A wedding ring doesn’t make me married, but it’s a symbol of the commitment that I made on my wedding day. It’s that commitment that makes me married, not the ring. In the same way baptism is an outward symbol of an inward commitment.
What is the meaning of Baptism?
1. It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection. “Christ died for our sins. He was buried and He rose again.” the Bible says “For when you were baptized you were buried with Christ and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.”
At Solid Rock we baptize the way they did in the Bible – putting people all the way under the water. It is a symbol of a burial and resurrection. Just like Jesus Christ died and was buried in the ground for three days and then rose again.
2. Baptism illustrates my new life as a Christian. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “When anyone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun.” In the Bible, there was no such thing as a person claiming to be a Christian and not be baptized. It was automatic. You were baptized as soon as you gave your life to Christ.
“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 we also may live a new life.” It doesn’t make you a Christian, it shows you already believe.
Why should I be baptized by immersion? There are lots of ways. There are some churches that sprinkle a little water on your forehead. Some pour a little water. Some dip a little bit. Other churches put you all the way under the water. Why do we believe and practice at Solid Rock you should be baptized by immersion? Four reasons.
1. Because Jesus was baptized that way. We want to do it the way they did it in the Bible. It says, “As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” He went down to the Jordan River. John the Baptist baptized Him in the river. He set the example.
2. Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. Example “Then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. Then they came up out of the water.”
3. That’s what the word means. “Baptize” literally means, “dip under water.” The Greek word baptize means to dip under water.
4. It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection.
Baptism of Confirmation
At Solid Rock, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. There is only one qualification in the Bible to be baptized. You’ve got to believe in Christ. Obviously you’ve got to be old enough to understand what that’s all about. There are many churches that practice the baptism of confirmation.
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 confession of faith. This custom only began about 300 years after the Bible was finished. It’s not in the Bible. It’s just a tradition.
This is different than 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.
Making Your Video
Making Your Video
One of the most powerful aspects of baptism at Solid Rock Church is the video testimony shown right before each person’s baptism. The video allows each person to share how Christ has been working in their life.
Prerecording allows them to do as many takes as necessary, while sharing the message they have thoughtfully and prayerfully prepared ahead of time. Many people ask, “Do I have to do the video?” The answer is yes, if a person wants to be baptized at Solid Rock Church.
Baptism is meant to be a public profession, and it is an incredible opportunity to share God’s message of redemption with other people. We have witnessed time and time again the effect these videos have had on people’s lives.
Another important reason for the videos is that we as a congregation grow in our faith by watching these life-changing stories. It allows friends, family, and even those you don’t know to celebrate the amazing transformation God has worked in your life.
Here is a good outline to help you organize what you want to say:
· Introduce yourself
· Your life before accepting Christ (Please do not mention
· How and when you accepted Christ as your personal Savior
· How Christ has affected your life
· Optional, thank no more than one or two people who have helped you in
your walk with God
· Your public profession (for example, “I am here today to publicly declare that
Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.”)
Once you have prepared your testimony bullet points, please email it to Bryan Combs at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (253) 638-1907 so he can help you be as prepared as possible before your video filming.
· Not too much detail about heavy issues.
· Please do not say that you have “always been a Christian.” This gives the
idea that it is something that you can inherit. Becoming a Christian is about
making the decision to accept Christ’s death on the cross as payment for
your sin not just growing up in a Christian home.
· Feel free to mention if you were in a previous religion (Mormon, Buddhist,
Jehovah’s Witness, etc.)
· Feel free to mention your infant christening. It is important to differentiate
between your christening and the baptism that is taking place now. You
may not have the time to come back around and make this clear.
· Please don’t talk about the sins of someone else.
PLEASE BE CLEAR ABOUT YOUR SALVATION
Your walk with Christ is definitely a process, but you need to be able to express a point in time that you recognized that you are sinner in need of a Savior. You don’t have to know the exact date and time but there was a time when you accepted Christ and you need to express that clearly.
We want baptism to be a meaningful and enjoyable experience, and we look forward to walking through it with you! If you have any questions or need help preparing your testimony, please contact Bryan Combs at (253)-638-1907.
Steps To Take To Be Baptized
The process for being baptized at Solid Rock has been developed and carefully planned with you in mind. The following steps will guide you in preparation for this very important next step in your Christian journey.
1. Complete the baptism registration. Once your registration form has been received we will contact you to schedule your videotaping and baptism.
2. Read all the information provided regarding the preparation and making of your video. (This will help you to be as comfortable and prepared for the videotaping as possible.)
3. Get Baptized! All of our baptisms take place at Kentwood High School and are held two to three times a year.
If you have any additional questions please email us at email@example.com or call the church office at 253-638-1907.