Baptism

We believe that Christian baptism is a sacrament commanded by our Lord.  It signifies our acceptance of the benefits of the atonements of Jesus Christ.  It should be administered as a declaration of faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  “Knowing that it is not our faith but God’s grace that saves us, in baptism, both for infants and believers, we celebrate God’s prior grace toward us. Only secondarily and consequently do we show through baptism our active response to God.” (Middendorf 1997, P. 22)

The Baptism of Infants and Young Children

The sacrament of Infant/Child Baptism “declares the covenant relationship that exists between Christ and the Church on the basis of the Atonement. Children, who are baptized are included in the covenantal community, declared in public rite to have been included in the finished work of Christ on the Cross.” (Middendorf 1997, P. 21) Dr. Middendorf quotes Wesleyan-Holiness theologian, Dr. Rob Staples in saying, “As a sacrament, baptism is not a purely personal matter between an individual and God. It is a sacrament of the Church. This means that the baptized person belongs to a fellowship. Christ came to overcome human isolation (1 John 1:3), and Christian life can be meaningful only in the fellowship of others. In baptizing infants, the Church is saying that the child is included in the fellowship, is a part of the Body, is under the covenant.” (Staples 1991, P. 179-180; as quoted by Middendorf 1997, P. 21)

Dr. Staples also states: "From the moment of baptism, as the baptized child grows and develops toward maturity, the parents and the Church are under solemn obligation to use every means available to communicate to the young person this Good News: “When you were too young to walk, we carried you in our arms. Likewise when you were too young to choose to be a part of the Body of Christ, we chose for you. We brought you into the fellowship, and you were incorporated into the Body. Now you will need to decide whether you will choose for yourself that which was chosen for you. We pray that you will choose it and not reject it.” (Staples 1991, P. 180)

If you are interested in being baptised, please contact one of the pastors.