We are excited that you are interested in baptism because we believe it is an important step of obedience for every person who has accepted Christ as his or her Saviour. Our desire is that every follower of Christ who calls Grace Family Church ‘home’ would be baptised.
Christians believe that the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation, or eternal union with God, occurs only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment or sacrifice for his or her own sin. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord (leader of your life) and Saviour, then you are ready to be baptised. Just like a bride and groom show their love for one another to others by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is the opportunity to show others you have accepted Christ and are now walking with Him.
Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolises what took place in your heart at the time of salvation: You accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. You shared in His death and resurrection. This is illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life) and then rising again (new life). You were washed clean and your sins were forgiven through His death on the cross. Jesus instructed us to be baptised. Baptism is an act of obedience. It is not necessary for salvation, but it demonstrates our submission to God.
At Grace we believe Scripture teaches ‘Believer’s Baptism’. This means anyone who has come to faith in Christ, no matter their age, can be baptised. We ask parents of young children (under 13) to speak to one of our Grace Kids Pastors so they can help children understand what Baptism is all about. We recognise and respect the fact that other Christian denominations think differently around baptism, especially in terms of baptising infants. Because we believe that Scripture teaches ‘Believer’s Baptism’, we don’t baptise or christen infants, although we deeply respect the views of other Christians. We do however hold Baby Dedication services in which a family may commit the raising of their children to God amongst family and friends. We encourage you to contact Grace Kids firstname.lastname@example.org if this is something you are considering.
Baptism services are held 3 times a year campus-wide, in Sunday services, as well as at Alpha camps. If you would like to be baptised on one of these Sundays or would like to know more, please contact us on email@example.com
Writing down what you want to say helps clarify your story in your mind. You don’t have to read it on the day, although you may. These points will help you remain concise without leaving out important facts:
What was going on in your life before Christ. Did you go to church or not? Did you know anything about God? What was it that made you start thinking about Jesus in the first place?
What happened? … or THE CROSS
Tell us how you came to faith. Was it at an Alpha weekend? Was it in church? Did a friend share with you? Was it over time that you came to faith, or was it a moment?
What is your life like after Christ? What difference has He made? How has He helped you? Please keep your talk to less than 2 minutes - usually around 200-250 words.
Here is Skip’s story as an example:
Hi my name is Skip Collins. I grew up in the home of an evangelist, so I’m a preacher’s kid. My mom was the church pianist, so we were in church all the time. But even though I knew a lot about God I never really knew God. So when I left home and went to university, I thought I needed to experience things in life that I had missed out on growing up as a preacher’s kid. The truth was that, even in those years, I knew that the God I had learned about as a child was much more satisfying and real than the things I was chasing.
What Happened … or THE CROSS
At the age of 25 I came back to God, all by myself sitting in the flat I was renting. My life was a joke and I knew it. I started crying and through the tears I just told God I was sick of the life that I was living and I needed Him. When I got up from the floor where I had spent the last while crying, I knew that everything had changed.
From there God led me into ministry and to South Africa. It’s not been an easy life but whose is actually. I wouldn’t trade walking with God through these past 26 years for anything.