QUESTIONS ABOUT BAPTISM
Q. What is baptism?
A. Baptism is an outward sign of the inward decision someone has made to follow Jesus. Through the book of Acts, Jesus followers were baptised upon accepting Jesus as their saviour. Baptism does not save a person. Only having faith in Jesus does that. Baptism is also a means of grace. This mean that God uses baptism to powerfully change you!
Q. Why should I be baptised?
A. Simply put, you should be baptised because Jesus commanded it (Matthew 28:19-20). The Christian life is all about obedience to Christ, and baptism is the first outward sign of obedience and the means by which a person joins the whole global church.
Q. When is the best time to be baptised?
A. The best time is now if you are a follower of Jesus and haven't been baptised (Acts 8:12).
Q. Do you baptise children?
A. We encourage parents to make sure their children have a personal relationship with Jesus before baptism. The child's faith is not their parents.
Q. Do you baptise infants?
A. We dedicate and baptise infant at the request of the parents. The dedication/baptism of a child occurs during the Sunday morning service, and its purpose is to have the parents declare in front of the church that they will raise their child in a Christian home in the hope that the child will come to follow Jesus. However, we will, if persuaded pour water on the child's head during this dedication.
Q. How do you baptise?
A. We typically baptise through immersion. However, if that is not possible, we also sprinkle or pour water over the head.
Q. Do I need to be baptised again?
A. No. If you have already been baptised, then we honour the work that God has done in your life. Even if you were baptized as a child, we believe that God's grace was working through that baptism to bring you to the faith you have, today.