Baptism at the Covenant Church

Adult Baptism       Baby Baptism  
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Why BABY Baptism?

Our study of the Scriptures leads us to understand that baptism is not merely the public proclamation of our faith in Jesus Christ, with the emphasis on what we're doing...publicly proclaiming. Our study reveals that: 

 

While, for the adults of the New Testament, baptism followed faith, for the infants of households that were baptized together (Acts 10:24-48; Acts 16:15, 33; 1 Corinthians 1:16), baptism would have preceded faith. Baptism in the New Testament serves as the mark of belonging among God's people in the same way that circumcision (which occurred when an infant was 8 days old) served as the mark of God's people in the Old Testament (Colossians 2:11-12).

 

For adults in the New Testament, baptism pointed backward to the moment they put their trust in Jesus and received God's grace by faith. For any infants in those New Testament households that were baptized, that mark would have pointed forward to the moment they put their trust in Jesus and received God's grace by faith.

 

When an infant is baptized, they are welcomed into the family of God and are raised by the family of God knowing Christ as their Savior until they choose to either confirm that faith or reject that faith.

 

Your BABY's Baptism

 

Baptism is a sacrament – the sacred use of water, commanded by Jesus Christ, to signify God’s cleansing of our sins and our welcome into the family of God. Jesus says in Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations (people), baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” 

Baptism is not HOW you're baby gets saved, it shows that your baby IS saved by your faith on his behalf until he rejects it. Baptism doesn’t GET your baby into heaven, it shows that your baby is a child OF heaven by your faith on their behalf.

 

Baptism isn’t just about what you’re doing, and it certainly isn't about what your baby is doing. It’s more about what God has done through Christ and is doing in you and your baby. When your baby is baptized, she is marked with the sign that she belongs to Jesus until she rejects him.

 

To explain further, baptism is ...

    1. A visible sign of God's invisible grace, cleansing your baby of sin.

      1. Acts 22:16 says, "And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”

      2. It’s not the water that washes your baby's sin away. It’s God who washes his sin away when you put your faith in Jesus on your baby's behalf. The water signifies that washing.

    2. A sign of your faith in Jesus and a way of showing everybody else that you, and your baby, are Christian (followers of Jesus).

      1. Romans 6:4 says, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."

      2. Going under the water represents both Jesus dying and going into the grave and God putting the bondage of your baby's sinful nature to death.

      3. Coming up out of the water represents Jesus raising back to life and God raising your baby to new life, free from slavery to sin.

    3. A sign that your baby is a child of God and welcomed into of the family of God, the Church.

      1. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 says, "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by[a] one Spirit so as to form one body.”

      2. All of us, young and old are in the same family, baptized by the same Spirit, into the same faith.

      3. Baptism shows that we all belong to God’s family.

Complete This Form

This form should be completed as soon as possible and no later than 7 days before the baptism.

Infant Baptism Form

 

The Day of the Baptism

  • Dress nicely, you'll be on stage and there'll be lots of pictures taken!

  • Plan to have your baby's sponsors on stage with you.

  • Meet in the Friends Chapel 30 minutes before the service begins (8:30AM for 1st Service, 10:15AM for 2nd Service). The Friends Chapel is located at the front of the sanctuary behind the stained glass windows. Be sure all sponsors or family members are with you. We'll get you familiar with the plans for the service.