Are you ready to make a public declaration of your faith in Jesus? Join us for Baptism Sunday on February 28th. Covid test required.
To join us in Baptism, contact David Gausepohl.
FAQs ABOUT BAPTISM
Baptism is a time to give great glory and praise to God. It is a joyful celebration for the entire church community and an opportunity to invite friends and family to share your special day. Bring a friend and we’ll tell them about the new life you’ve received in Christ!
When you obey Christ’s command to be baptized, you identify with his death, burial and resurrection and publicly profess your faith. Your assurance that your sins are washed away will deepen. Your commitment to Christ, his cause and his church will grow. And baptism will be a meaningful spiritual blessing in your life, a time you will always remember.
Must I be baptized to receive salvation?
Baptism is important but it does not save us. The thief on the cross was not baptized when Jesus said to him, “Today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43) Salvation occurs when saving faith is present in a person’s life and God declares that our sins are forgiven and we are righteous in his sight. This is called justification. We receive this peace and acceptance with God by grace through faith in Christ, not by faith and some religious work on our part, like baptism or circumcision (Eph. 2:8-10; Gal. 5:1-12).
Though not necessary for salvation, baptism points to the heart of the gospel and makes us aware that apart from God’s cleansing we are unclean and dead in our sin. Furthermore, baptism is essential for full obedience to Jesus’ command that those who believe in him should be baptized 9Mt 28:19; Acts 16:30-33).
Who should be baptized?
The only requirement for baptism is saving faith in Jesus Christ. All believers who accept the message of the gospel and desire to follow Jesus should be baptized (Acts 2:41; 8:12).
What does baptism mean and what will it do for me?
Baptism is a picture of spiritual regeneration and union with Christ. When saving faith is present, baptism-first and foremost-is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual reality of union and friendship with Christ. It is a sign and symbol of spiritual regeneration and reconciliation with Christ and incorporation into Christ, his body (the Church), and his cause, (the Church’s mission) (John1:11-13; 3:18; James 1:7-18; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 23).
Going under the water pictures Christ’s death. Coming up out of the water symbolizes your identification with Christ’s resurrection. Your life is intertwined and united with Christ’s life, death, burial and resurrection 9Rom. 6:1-14; 2 Cor. 5:17; Col. 2:12). Your future is sealed with Christ and his kingdom.
Baptism is a picture of repentance and cleansing given through Christ. The water is also a symbolic sign and seal of the washing away of your sin by the regenerating, cleansing power of the Person of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-7). Baptism is a profound spiritual picture of passing through the waters of judgment safely, of dying and rising with Christ, and having your sins totally washed away, showing that you are now a friend of God. And so God calls us to repent and empowers us to change from the inside out by his grace.
Baptism is a sign of membership in Christ’s body, the worldwide Church. Baptism is a sign of initiation into the worldwide, global and historic Church. It pictures our voluntary response to God’s sovereign redemptive work and demonstrates that God has given us the grace to believe. When a person makes a credible profession of faith, their baptism pictures their entrance into the instrument of God’s kingdom on earth, the Church.
Baptism is a spiritual blessing that empowers us for service. Baptism is a sign of the kingdom similar to the way a wedding ring is a sign of marriage. A wedding ring does not unconditionally guarantee a loving marriage! And baptism is not a magical rite that automatically brings down the power of the Spirit. You cannon manipulate the Sovereign King. If a genuine profession of saving faith is not present, baptism symbolizes nothing. Peter told Simon Magus that, thought baptized, he was still unbelieving and unregenerate in heart (Acts 8:13; 21-23). Baptism, then, is meant to be a true representation of what it symbolizes.
Through baptism the Holy Spirit desires to fill and empower us afresh, manifesting the presence of the kingdom. Those who truly belong to Christ are indwelled by the Spirit (Rom.8: 9). And the Father is eager to reveal truth, give spiritual gifts and spiritual grace from the exalted Christ, by the Holy Spirit, to his children (Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor.2: 10; 12:7; Eph. 4:11-12).
Jesus was “commissioned” by the Father and the Holy Spirit for ministry at his baptism. Like him, we too enter new dimensions of humble service when we are baptized. He calls us to serve him in every area of life. So, bring an open heart eager to receive his blessing so that you can be empowered to live an extraordinary life of service in ordinary situations!
How should I be baptized?
The New Testament models and assumes baptism by immersion. The Greek word baptizo was a common word without special religious significance. It meant: to plunge, dip, immerse, sink, drench, overwhelm”. John baptized in the river Jordan, not beside it (Mk. 1:5). He “was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there” (Jn 3:23). When Jesus was baptized ‘he came up out of the water” (Mk. 1:10). When Philip baptized the eunuch they came to water near the road and, “he commanded the chariot to stop and they both went down into the water…and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught up Philip” (Acts 8:38-39).
We are wise however, to not make too much of the mode of immersion. Early on in the life of the church a flexible attitude was adopted on this issue. The early church took a practical approach. If there was not enough water for the preferred mode of immersion, they poured water three times over the head (see the Didache 7.1-4, a 1st or 2nd century document that lacks the authority of –and often contradicts-Holy Scripture, but is of historical interest). So, there is no compelling reason to be overly rigid today, even though the normal mode of immersion is preferable whenever possible.
Does the Vineyard baptize infants?
We do not baptize infants because we baptize only those who make a sincere and credible profession of faith. We dedicate infants following eh example of Jesus’ dedication by his parents (Lk. 2:21). We do not encourage parents to push children into baptism as a rite of passage into adulthood or church membership. We believe the family’s faith and the church community can be powerful means of grace in the life of children through which they can be nurtured to receive God’s covenant love 9 see the brochure, Child Dedication).
It is impossible to set an exact minimal age for baptism. But, on a case-by-case basis, the church leadership will decide, with the parents, whether an older child should be baptized based on convincing evidence of genuine faith and spiritual regeneration and a desire to follow Christ.
Each person, no matter their age, must search their own hearts and determine whether they area true believer. A true believer genuinely desires to follow Christ and become more like him. Church leadership has the responsibility to instruct each person and help them make a wise, heart-felt decision and to determine whether it is appropriate for them to be baptized.
Is it okay to be baptized as an adult if you were baptized as an infant?
There is not one unambiguous example of an infant being baptized in Scripture. One enters the kingdom by being born again and having saving faith, not by merely being born. While the book of Acts depicts households being baptized, it also indicates the presence of saving faith in Jesus. In Scripture, there is no description of infants having saving faith.
Baptism is a sign of entrance into the worldwide and historic Church. If you believe that you were merely dedicated as an infant and not truly baptized, and if you believe that baptism is appropriate only for those who make a credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ, then it is okay to be baptized as an adult. It is not a rebaptism.
Do I have to say anything in front of a crowd?
Another important aspect of baptism is the public proclamation of your faith before the church community and your family and friends. Jesus calls us to boldly confess him as Lord without shame or denial (Mt. 10:32-33; Mk. 8:38; Rom. 10:9; 1 John 2:23). This public confession should reflect your growing commitment to Christ, his church, and his cause. It is also a statement of your heart-felt desire to continue in fellowship with the people of God, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, to be a faithful disciple who makes diligent use of the means of grace (e.g., worship, prayer, bible study, giving and service).
Do you trust Christ as your Lord and Savior?
Are you ready to commit to grow in Christ-like maturity and humble service all the days of your life? Do you understand what baptism means? Then it is time to be baptized.
When you are baptized, you are asked ancient questions, variations of which have been asked of millions of people for nearly 2,000 years:
Question 1: “Do you believer in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord and King, and in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life and grace?”
Answer: “I do”
Question 2: “Do you renounce Satan and all his works and all his ways?”
Answer: “I do.”
Question 3: “Do you confess your need for the forgiveness of sins and with a humble heart put your hope in God’s mercy and your whole trust in Christ as your Lord and Savior?”
Answer: “I do.”
Question 4; “And with his help, do you seek to follow him, becoming more like him until you see him face to face?”
Answer: “With all my heart, I do.”
The first question gives you a chance to say “no” to the false belief that the universe is eternal or that it created itself and “yes” to the Triune God who created everything (including you) out of nothing and who sustains and rules everything that exists (Gen. 1-2; Pss. 33:6, 9; 148:5; John 1:1-3; Acts. 17:25; Col. 1:156; Heb. 1:2-3; 2:10; 11:3).
The second question gives you an opportunity to publicly proclaim the reality that God, as Paul wrote, “has rescued [you] from the kingdom of darkness and brought [you] into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Col. 1:13-14). Your “yes” affirms, along with true believers everywhere, that,
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation-if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. (1:21-23a; c.c. Rom. 5:10).
The third question is an opportunity to confess your heartfelt trust that you are saved b y grace through faith in Christ alone who is both author and mediator of salvation (Mk. 16:15-16; John 6:47; Eph. 1:8-10; Heb 2:10; 7:25).
The fourth question is an opportunity to publicly proclaim your sincere intent to “continue in your faith” and grow in Christ-likedness and the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:16-26; Eph. 4:17-5:20; Phil. 2:1-18; 3:12-4:1; Col. 3; 1 Thess. 4:1-11; etc).
Response: When from the heart you say, “Yes!” or “Id!” to the above questions, the person (or persons) baptizing you will say something like, “Because of your testimony that Jesus is your Savior and Lord, and in obedience to our Lord’s command, I now baptize you in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Then you will be immersed under the water and-eventually-brought back up again. And don’t worry; they won’t hold you under too long!
As the people of God celebrate your baptism, it is wise to linger in the water and pray for more empowering or filling of the Holy Spirit and the imparting of his gifts and graces so that you can serve him more effectively. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will give a word of prophecy, wisdom or encouragement to you. Also, it is not uncommon to see he3aling or the breaking of bondage to particular habits of sin or powers of darkness in the process of baptism.