So, You Want To Be Baptized?
You’ve made a decision to follow Jesus, and you want to be baptized. That’s great!
But what are the next steps to receiving baptism from Holy Temple M.B. Church?
First, you should be prepared to talk to one of our pastors about your decision to put your faith in Jesus. Your story of how you came to faith is called your testimony. Baptism is an outward sign of God’s work of grace in your life. Faith in Christ is necessary to receive that grace.
In the New Testament, baptism is closely associated with belief in Jesus. People heard the good news, believed, and were baptized (Acts 2:41; 8:12–13). Baptism was the outward sign of their belief, indicating they had become part of Christ’s Church. Two thousand years later, baptism is still done to indicate someone is becoming a part of the Church.
Second, before your baptism is scheduled, we’ll set up a time to go over your testimony and answer any questions you have about baptism. When you’re ready to take that step, call or email the church office, so we can schedule a time to meet. During our meeting, we’ll also talk about when your baptism will take place.
Third, baptism involves getting wet. Our church baptizes by immersion, so you will get fully wet. If you have any concerns about being immersed (e.g., physical limitations, fear of water, etc.), please bring those up when we meet. On the day of your baptism, you should come prepared with a towel, a plastic bag for wet clothes, a complete change of clothes, and whatever else you may need like a hair dryer, brush, or comb. Wear the clothes that you will be baptized in. Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the beginning of the service, so we have time to go over a few instructions.
Fourth, we will record your testimony (video). So, you will be asked to share about your belief in Jesus. You may want to write out what you’ll say ahead of time. Your story should cover how you came to faith in Christ, what knowing Christ means to you, and what led you to want to be baptized. If you prefer, we can ask you questions about your story.