We would be thrilled to celebrate your baptism at Cornerstone Community Church! A believer’s baptism is the Biblical first step of obedience to Jesus Christ as your leader (Lord) and forgiver (Savior).
We baptize people because Jesus commanded it. In the Biblical passage known as “The Great Commission,” Jesus instructed us to “Go and make disciples of people from every nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)
In the Bible, baptism accompanies each person’s decision to become a follower of Christ. Once someone decides to receive the forgiveness of sins that comes only through Jesus Christ and commits to follow Christ in lifelong obedience, that commitment is properly symbolized and celebrated through baptism. So we baptize people after they become Christ-followers.
If you were baptized as an infant or at any other time before you understood the basics of the Gospel, or if you were baptized for some reason before you decided to follow Christ, we welcome you to be baptized now as a follower of Christ. We think of this as the fulfillment of your parents’ hopes when they had you baptized: that you would one day decide to follow Christ for yourself.
We baptize people by full immersion in water, since the word baptism literally means “to immerse.” This method best illustrates the beautiful symbolism of baptism. The symbolism, referenced in Romans 6:4, includes:
- Your old life was buried with Christ as in baptism you are ‘buried” in a symbolic watery grave.
- As you come up out of the water you symbolize that you have been raised with Christ to live a new kind of life.
- You are identifying yourself with Christ in his death and resurrection. You are following his example, since he also was baptized.
- You are also portraying that your sins have been once and for all, permanently washed away through faith in Jesus Christ.
This once-and-for-all nature of Christ’s work in your life is symbolized by the fact that people are baptized once, at the beginning of their new life in Christ. You don’t have to receive salvation over and over again, so also you don’t need to be baptized repeatedly. This is similar to a wedding that symbolizes and celebrates the beginning of a couple’s new relationship. Usually weddings are not repeated, but anniversaries are celebrated. In your relationship with Christ, usually baptism is not repeated, and Jesus established communion, or the Lord’s Supper, to serve as the on-going, repeated reminder and celebration of your relationship with him.
Between now and the day of your baptism, we encourage you to invite your friends and family to celebrate this important spiritual milestone with you. On the days we have baptisms, we always have friends and family as guests, so the service is planned with this in mind. You may even want to send invitations!
As soon as possible, you should begin to write out your story in a simple form: one paragraph each on the “Before, during and after” of your salvation experience in preparation for telling your story on the day of your baptism. By writing it out and sharing it with Pastor Brian, he can help you both formulate and tell the story on the day of your baptism. You can use these questions as a guideline:
- What was your life like before you decided to follow Christ?
- What was the turning point event for your decision to follow Christ?
- What has changed about your life since then?
- Who has been instrumental in bringing you to this point that you may want to mention or thank?
On the day of the baptism, you'll be asked to arrive early for church. We'll give you prime seating, give a last-minute orientation and overview, and answer any questions. The baptisms will be in the first half of the service. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and modest apparel to wear during your baptism. Dark-colored shirts and shorts are recommended. Often women will wear a swimsuit underneath and men will wear swim trunks for their shorts. We’ll use the theatre’s restrooms for changing. Please let us know if you have any physical considerations that we should be aware of or will need to accommodate.
If you have questions, or you'd like to schedule your baptism, please contact us...