Declare that Christ Has Made You New by Being Baptized
Baptism is the next step after following Jesus — it is going public about your faith in Jesus and communicating to the world your commitment to following Him. We baptize you by immersion in our bapticuzzi (you can see the pictures below - it's a large tub that we have) on the stage so everyone can see and celebrate your commitment.
If you're ready to take the next step toward baptism or want to know more about the process, fill out the form below.
Have more questions about baptism? Click to expand the boxes below to see answers to common FAQs about baptism.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM? +
• It illustrates Christ's burial and resurrection.
• It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
• Baptism doesn't make you a believer — it shows that you already believe.
• Baptism does not "save" you, only your faith in Christ does that.
• Baptism is like a wedding ring — it's the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart.
WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION? +
• The word Baptize means "To dip under water".
• The Greek word baptize means "to immerse or dip under water".
• It best symbolized a burial and resurrection!
• Because Jesus was baptized that way
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED? +
Every person who has believed in Christ.
At Meadow, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
Some churches practice a "baptism of confirmation" for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed.
This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED? +
As soon as you have believed.
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are "perfect", you´ll never feel "good enough"!
CAN MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS BE BAPTIZED TOGETHER? +
Yes! If each person understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment.
However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family or group tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on others to join you. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR WHEN I AM BAPTIZED? +
Women should wear shorts and a top or a swimsuit. Men may wear shorts, t-shirts or a swimsuit. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes.
WILL I HAVE TO SAY ANYTHING? +
No, you will not have to make a public statement in front the church.
At the beginning of the service, Pastor John will briefly explain the meaning of baptism. After this, you will nail a card with your name on it to a cross symbolizing that when Jesus died, He died for you and your sin. You will then walk into the water. Pastor John will briefly lower you just under the water, and then you can leave the water, dry off, and watch the others. We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends to attend your baptism.