At Friends Fellowship Church (FFC), we believe baptism is an important next step for anyone who has decided to follow Christ.
Answers to common questions about baptism at Journey are answered below.
Why be baptized?
To follow the example set by Jesus himself.
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ Jesus replied, ‘Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then John consented.” (Matthew 3:13-16)
To obey Christ’s command.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matthew 28:19)
To publicly acknowledge my decision to follow Christ.
“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” (Acts 2:41)
To express my love for Christ and His Word.
“If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15)
While being reconciled to God is a free gift of His grace alone, taking the step of baptism demonstrates our faith, our love, and our obedience to Jesus.
What does it mean to be baptized?
It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… and He rose again.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) “For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism, you were also raised with Christ.” (Colossians. 2:12)
It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians. 5:17) “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 also we may live a new life!” (Romans. 6:4)
Baptism doesn’t make you a Christ-follower
It shows that you already made that decision. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith… it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8, 9)
Who should be baptized?
Every person who has decided to follow Christ should be baptized–after making the decision to follow Christ. In other words, anyone who puts his or her faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins should be baptized. The Bible has many examples of this teaching.
After the first sermon in the New Testament, the scripture records, “Those who accepted His message were baptized…” (Acts 2:41)
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women…” (Acts 8:12-13)
These biblical examples show that baptism is for people who have turned to Jesus Christ in faith for the forgiveness of their sins.
Do you baptize infants and children?
At Friends Fellowship, we wait until children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. The purpose of baptism is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.
What if I was baptized as an Infant?
Infant baptism is similar to our baby's dedication, where the parents dedicate their child to God and commit to raising him or her God’s way. Infant baptism is a decision made by the parents, not the child. Baptism always followed a decision to follow Christ, which is something infants cannot do. If you have decided to follow Christ, then the next step for you is to follow the example of Jesus and get baptized, even if you were baptized as an infant.
When should I be baptized?
As soon as possible after deciding to follow Christ! The Bible indicates that baptism is one of the first steps a new believer takes.
“As they were going along the road, they came to a place where there was some water. The official said, ‘Look! Here is some water. Why can’t I be baptized?’ He ordered the chariot to stop. Then they both went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.” (Acts 8:36-38)
It’s not unusual, however, for someone to discover the importance of baptism several years after professing faith in Christ. This person should make plans to be baptized at the first opportunity.
If you have already been baptized as an adult then you don't need to be baptized again.
What is the method of baptism?
Baptism at Friends Fellowship follows baptism by aspersion, or sprinkling water as well as immersion. Since FFC does not have the facility for baptism by immersion, we tend to follow aspersion. Potential believers can choose their mode of baptism and request the pastors ahead of time to facilitate it.
Will I have to say anything?
One of the most powerful aspects of baptism is you giving your testimony (story) right before your baptism. This allows you to share how Christ has been working in your life. Baptism is meant to be a public profession, and it is an incredible opportunity to share God’s message of redemption with hundreds of people. We have witnessed the life-changing effect these testimonies have had on people’s lives. Most people are nervous about telling their stories, but we work hard to make the process both simple and fulfilling.
What is the baptism celebration like?
First, the pastor will explain to everyone the meaning and significance of baptism. Then you will be sprinkled with water. Don’t be surprised if people clap. This is a happy occasion! After everyone has been baptized, the pastor will say a closing prayer for everyone who just got baptized.
Instructions for your baptism
Invite as many friends and family members as possible. Don’t forget your camera or camcorder!
How to schedule your baptism at Friends Fellowship
Baptism celebrations are publicized in the Sunday program with information about signing up. We will schedule baptism celebrations because people like you have indicated their desire to be baptized. If you would like to be baptized please contact the pastor for more information.