Baptism is the beginning of our faith and our gateway into the body of Christ.

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead.

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How it works

Though there may be some variations, here is the basic schedule of a baptism service at IBCD:

  1. The pastor will meet with baptism candidates 30–45 minutes before the service starts. Candidates will change into a baptism robe (provided).
  2. At the beginning of the baptism service, the pastor will say a devotional word about baptism.
  3. The pastor will ask the candidates to join him at the front to share their names, their testimonies, and why they want to be baptized.
  4. The candidates will join the pastor one at a time in the water.
  5. The pastor will ask similar questions to these of each candidate:
    • Are you now trusting in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins and the fulfillment of all God’s promises to you, even eternal life?
    • Do you forsake Satan and all his works and all his ways?
    • Do you intend with God’s help to obey Jesus’ teaching and follow him as your Lord?
  6. The pastor will then immerse the candidate after saying, “On the profession of your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and in obedience to his command, I now baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
  7. After everyone has been baptized, the pastor generally will invite people to come forward to pray for those just baptized.
  8. The pastor closes with prayer.

Baptism Process

Find some water

A person may be baptized anywhere – a river, pool, bathtub, hot tub, lake or the ocean. The Bible does not limit where someone must be baptized because the power of God’s forgiveness is in Jesus and not the water.

Go into the water

If the water source is large enough (like a pool, river, or baptistry), then you may go into the water with the one being baptized. If it is too small (like a bathtub), then just kneel next to the person as he/she sits down into the water.

Take their confession of faith

Ask, “Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? And do you trust Jesus as your Savior and commit to obey Jesus as your Lord?”

What to say

Say, “I now baptize you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” (This is what Jesus taught us to say in Matthew 28:19)

Lay the person down into the water and back up

Full immersion best represents dying to our old selves and being reborn in Jesus, but don’t be alarmed if someone’s elbow or toe pops up during the baptism. Jesus does the saving – not the water. Bonus point: Have the person hold his/her nose.

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