By Pastor Bob Myers
This Sunday there is a Baptism Information Meeting for anyone interested in taking this important and Spiritually significant step.
What is the Biblical foundation for baptism?
Baptism is a sign, and the sign ultimately points not to the person being baptized, but God’s promise to cleanse, forgive, and receive anyone who believes the gospel. Baptism points us to God who welcomes us into His family.
What is Baptism?
• Baptism is a sign or symbol of salvation, but baptism does not and cannot save you no matter when or how baptism is done. Sadly, many people have received the sign of baptism and never receive its substance in Jesus.
• Baptism symbolizes our relationship and identification with Jesus, thus it is an honor and privilege for us.
• Baptism uses water as a sign of the saving work of Jesus by His Holy Spirit, pointing to our need for washing and cleansing from our sin and renewing by the Spirit through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
• Baptism is commanded in the Bible for every true believer and their children. But this duty is like requiring you to eat your favorite candy or snack before entering an amusement park. Who would not want to publicly identify with Jesus and His amazing grace!
• Baptism is a visible sign that ought to be done in public by a recognized minister of Christ in a local church like ours, especially because baptism represents your connection to Jesus and to His family in the Church.
What is Covenant’s statement on baptism?
At Covenant Church, we practice the New Testament sacrament of Baptism, and believe the Bible requires baptism for church membership.
The essential requirements for New Testament baptism are the following:
1. Baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
2. Baptism into a Gospel preaching church.
3. If baptized as an infant or child, baptism is legitimized through the parent’s profession of faith.
4. Baptism, whether by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion covers the whole person. Whether top-down sprinkling or complete immersion, the water is applied in such a way that it claims the entire person from head to toe!
As the entry sign for membership, Baptism is a powerful reminder that no one is qualified to be a church member apart from the washing we receive at the Cross.
Adults who have never been baptized receive Baptism upon their profession of Faith in Christ. At Covenant we call this “Believer’s Baptism.”
Children and infants of at least one believing parent are baptized on the basis of their parent’s faith (1 Corinthians 7:14), showing continuity with the Covenant of grace throughout scripture. This baptism must then be followed up with teaching and evangelism, and the child’s profession of faith should be clear and celebrated before being welcomed to participate in communion and the Lord’s Supper. At Covenant we call this “Covenantal Baptism.”
If you have questions about your baptism, or want to talk about possibly participating in the next baptism weekend, or having your child baptized through the Covenant of grace, please contact the church office to set up a time to meet and have discussion with one of the members of our staff.