Baptism is an important and significant spiritual decision for those on a path to follow Christ. Many people find this to be an exciting and positive first step as they publicly profess their faith. Baptism is an outward demonstration of an inward change as found in 2 Corinthians 5:17.
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!”
We consider it a great blessing to be a part of this wonderful celebration of your faith. It is a blessing to the church body and it serves as an example for others who wish to follow in these same steps.
We are so glad you are exploring this first step in your Christian walk and would love to guide and support you along the way.
WHY BE BAPTIZED?
Those who are baptized are following Jesus’ example and obeying His command.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” —Matthew 3:16–17
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.’”—Matthew 28:18–20
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BAPTISM?
Baptism is a public declaration of three very important things:
- You are a follower of Jesus Christ.
“Those who accepted his message were baptized.” —Acts 2:41
- You are beginning a changed life in Christ.
- You are part of a new family.
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” —Galatians 3:26–27
“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.” —Romans 6:4
I HAVE ALREADY BEEN BAPTIZED. SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED AGAIN?
Because baptism is a sacrament of God’s grace and a covenant that God has initiated, it should not be repeated. However, God’s continuing and patient forgiveness, God’s prevenient grace, will prompt us to renew the commitment first made at our baptism. At such a time, instead of rebaptism, The United Methodist Church offers the ritual for the reaffirmation of baptismal vows, which implies that, while God remains faithful to God’s half of the covenant, we are not always faithful to our promises.
Learn More about baptism from the United Methodist Church.
Community Life offers baptisms in our church and on Navarre Beach at sunrise. We hold two beach baptisms each year, on a Sunday near Easter and on a Sunday in September. Beach baptism ceremonies are a unique and special experience you and your family are sure to remember.
Want to learn more? Our team is here to help! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 850-916-1660