NEXT BAPTISM SUNDAY:
October 29, 2023
Celebrate a new life in Christ through water baptism! To give you every opportunity to publicly declare your commitment to Jesus, baptisms will be offered during every celebration.
We believe that water baptism is a public declaration of three important things:
• You're a follower of Jesus
• You're beginning a changed life in Christ
• You're part of a new family
Those who are baptized are following Jesus' example and obeying His command. Here are two examples in God's Word:
"As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.'" Matthew 3:16-17
"Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.'" Matthew 28:18-20
Water baptism is a public declaration of three very important things:
You are a follower of Jesus Christ. "Those who accepted his message were baptized." Acts 2:41
You are beginning a changed life in Christ. "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Romans 6:4
You are part of a new family. "So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ." Galatians 3:26-27
Baptism signifies becoming a follower of Jesus, beginning a changed life, and uniting with a new family.
If your baptism did not reflect this change of life, then you can be baptized again!.
We will baptize anyone over age 6 who understands what baptism symbolizes and wants to make that personal public declaration.
The New Testament teaches that baptism is a public expression of worship symbolizing the new life we have when we follow Jesus. We understand that some churches practice baptism of confirmation for children.
This ceremony is intended to be a commitment 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 or her own personal confession of Christ.
This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed and is different from the biblical examples of new believers being baptized to publicly profess their faith in Jesus.
Biblical examples for Child Dedication and Believer's Baptism are:
Jesus' parents dedicated him to the Lord (Luke 2:22-40)
Jesus was later baptized as an adult (Matthew 3:16-17)
At Vineyard, we provide opportunities for Child Dedication and Believer's Baptism. To schedule a Child Dedication, contact our Vineyard Kids Director, Beth Piasecki.