What is Baptism?
Baptism is a sacrament of the church that is rich in meaning. While there are slight variations among churches with respect to what baptism means and how baptism is administered, all Christians point to the baptism of Jesus as our example:
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Mk 1:9–11, TNIV)
At Adventure of Faith, we believe that baptism is a sign from God that the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives, and that we are God’s children, adopted into God’s family. It’s a sign of God’s promise that our sins are forgiven (washed away) by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
Who can get baptized?
We baptize children who are presented by their parents as a sign that God’s Spirit is at work in them and that everything that needs to be done has been done to enable them to experience God’s love and forgiveness. We believe that when baptized babies or young children are mature enough to place their trust in Jesus, it is important for them to make a public declaration of their personal faith. This usually happens when they decide to become Covenant Partners (members) of the church.
We also baptize older children, youth, and adults who have made a decision to place their trust in Jesus Christ. Baptism is God’s promise to them and to the church that the Holy Spirit leads us to faith, and that we belong to God.
How do we get Baptized?
Baptism may take place when water is placed on a person’s head, or when a person is fully immersed in a body of water like a lake, a river, or a baptismal pool. The form of baptism is not an issue to us.
People desiring baptism for themselves or for their children should attend the the next Membership and Baptism Information Class. Click HERE for the dates of the next classes. We will give you information to help you prepare for the awesome experience of baptism.