Baptism matters...

Next Baptism Service jUNE 30TH

The decision to be baptized is a significant step of faith and obedience in your relationship with the Lord. We rejoice with you and are thankful for the privilege to minister to you in this holy ordinance. The Bible provides clear instructions concerning baptism. To help you prepare, we offer the following scriptural guidance:

Who should be baptized? Every Christian believer should be baptized by full immersion (Mark 16:16).

Why are we baptized? We are baptized to obey Christ and confirm repentance (Acts 2:38). We are also baptized to identify with Christ and to relate our testimony (Colossians 2:10-13). Lastly, we are baptized to follow Christ in a covenant relationship (Romans 6:3-5).

When are we to be baptized? We should be baptized as soon as possible following our commitment to Christ (Acts 19:1-5). We should be baptized when we understand what baptism means. Parents of children must make a determination of their understanding with the help of an assisting elder or pastor. When children are too young (infant baptism), they do not understand the spiritual meaning of what we are doing. Therefore, we do not baptize infants or those too young to make a profession of faith.

Guide for Parents "How Do I Know If My Child Is Ready for Baptism?" 

Parent Baptism Guide

How are we baptized? We are baptized in water by full immersion, “batisima” – to dip (Acts 10:47-48). Lastly, we are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20). 

Take the time to read all the above scriptures and be sure that you understand them. Pray for the Holy Spirit to make your baptism a significant spiritual experience to you.

practical instructions for the day of your baptism

1.       Arrive at Place of Grace Campus on the day of your baptism* and plan to meet our pastor. He will want to confirm your decision and pray with you for your baptism. Please complete the baptism candidate profile form (Printable PDF linked below) and bring it with you. 

*Baptisms are held on 5th Sundays near the end of the service.

2.     Invite family and friends to support you!  This is a very special day to share with the ones you love and who love you. 

3.     You are going to get wet from head to toe. Bring a change of clothes with you to your baptism. Comfortable pants or long shorts in a dark color and a dark-colored (black, navy, etc.) shirt will be fine. You should wear shower shoes or flip-flops. Ladies must also wear a regular or sports bra underneath their shirt.

4.     Bring one or two large towels, a large plastic bag for your wet clothes, and a hairdryer (if needed). There are restrooms in the hallway just outside the worship center with mirrors and electric outlets, where you can dry off and change clothes.

Again, we are thankful for this opportunity to minister to you and celebrate this decision to be baptized with you. We trust this will help you in preparing for baptism. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Place of Grace Campus pastor before the day of your baptism.

Pastor Gary Richardson             Cell  910.206.2339

Baptism Candidate Information Form (printable PDF)