Baptism

 

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change in an individual’s life. It is taught very directly in the Bible and Jesus, Himself, was baptized as an example to us all. Baptism is symbolic of dying to the old sinful life (going under the water) and being reborn into a new life (raising up out of the water). If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have inwardly chosen to repent of your old lifestyle and have asked Jesus to forgive your sins. Baptism is then a form of public profession of what has taken place spiritually between you and your Savior, Jesus Christ.

Here are a few things you may like to know about baptism practices at Jerusalem Chapel U.B. Church:

Typically, an informational class is held 1-2 times a year and individuals are encouraged to consider sharing their faith in Jesus Christ by this act of public profession. Baptismal candidates are then typically baptized on a prearranged Sunday during a morning worship service.

We do have a baptismal pool located behind the pulpit area, and that would be the most typical practice. However, the pastors have baptized individuals in a more private setting in creeks, ponds, swimming pools, etc. There are also circumstances in which the pastors have also baptized individuals through the act of pouring or sprinkling. This is especially meaningful for those in bedfast situations or with other extenuating conditions.

As far as the age of the individual to be baptized, we participate in believer baptism. So, once an individual comes to a personal faith in Jesus Christ and has a desire to be baptized, they are welcome to participate. For younger children, parents are encouraged to stand alongside their child when they talk with the pastor as he tries to gain a better understanding of the child’s personal faith and their comprehension of the act of baptism.