"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:19
Water baptism is an important step of commitment that demonstrates our decision to trust in Jesus and illustrates our connection with Him. We are always excited to hear people share their stories and witness them taking this step of obedience to Jesus.
We will be celebrating baptisms in the beginning of March (dates and times tbd) and recording them to be played during both services on Sunday, March 14. This way you can have your own private baptism and invite family and friends as you feel comfortable.
If you are interested in participating, please read over the info and complete the form below.
Baptism is a public confession of one’s faith in Christ and a sign of one’s desire to be fully devoted to Him.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is an external symbol of the internal washing and renewal that takes place when one believes in Christ. In fact, we get our word baptism from the Greek word “Bapto” which means “to dip” or “to wash.”The act of baptism further symbolizes one’s union with Christ by faith in his death, burial and resurrection. Baptisms are seen throughout the New Testament of the Bible, from Jesus, himself, to his multitude of followers.
Salvation and Baptism
The act of baptism does not save us, but it beautifully symbolizes the new life we receive when we believe the gospel. Salvation is only by the grace of God through faith, not by human works of any kind.
In order to experience God’s gift of salvation, we must,
•Believe that Jesus died for our sins
•Acknowledge that we are guilty of sin as our substitute and rose again
•Trust Jesus, alone, as our Savior from sin
Once we are saved, we are permanently adopted into God’s family and are forever secure as His children.
How We Baptize
Based on Biblical evidence, as well as historical tradition, we practice baptism by full immersion in water. Such a baptism is a clear representation of how we die to sin and are made alive in Christ.
Once you declare your belief in Jesus Christ, you are ready to be baptized. At Davisville we offer this opportunity several times a year during our Sunday morning services and in the summer at our annual picnic at Maplewood Swim Club. Please complete the form below to let us know you are interested in being baptized. One of our pastors will schedule a time to meet with you to discuss your decision and to ensure you have a clear understanding of the significance of baptism.
On the date of your baptism you will publicly share a bit about your spiritual journey before being baptized.
can i choose who baptizes me?
Yes. We have had fathers, friends and grandparents baptize people. This is an important day in your life, and we want it to be as meaningful as possible. Therefore, if there is a pastor or other follower of Jesus whom you would like to baptize you, please make that known on the attached form and a pastor will discuss it with you during your meeting.
can more than one family member be baptized together?
Yes. As long as each family member has individually accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, multiple family members may be baptized together.
how old do i have to be?
There is no age restriction. However, a pastor must be satisfied that the person has accepted Jesus as their Savior and has a sufficient understanding of the significance of baptism to their faith.
Do I have to go completely under the water?
Yes, with the help of a pastor. As stated in the brochure there is much biblical and historical evidence to support full immersion as the fullest baptismal experience. If you have a fear of water, please contact us to discuss this with a pastor. You are free to invite a friend to support you during the process. Additionally, if you are a child or of shorter stature, we can put a stool in the water so that you will feel more comfortable.