Jesus is here. Anything is possible!Baptism at ALC
Here at ALC, we believe baptism is an important step in your faith journey, and it would be an honor to celebrate this special moment with you! Read below to find more information about baptism.
What is baptism?
Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. It is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. Baptism signifies that a person’s former way of life has been put to death and depicts a release from their slavery to sin.
Why is baptism important?
Baptism is not merely a responsibility and demonstration but also a privilege. We have the opportunity to evidence our trust in and love for God through baptism. It is our joy to be baptized, and we should eagerly participate in the ordinance. The desire to be baptized should be motivated by our hope to glorify God in faithful obedience. Any other motivation (to join a particular local church, to please a friend or family member, etc.) should not be the ultimate reason for seeking to be baptized.
Why should someone be baptized?
To Obey the Commands of Christ
Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20 (HCSB)
To Evidence that a Person is a Disciple of Christ
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 (NIV)
To Follow the Example of Christ
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. 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 3:13-17 (NIV)
Baptism for Children
While we do not baptize infants at ALC, we have a child dedication process for parents who are part of ALC and want to dedicate their children to the Lord publicly. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information about Child Dedication.
Child Baptism is available to children old enough to both understand and verbally confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Depending upon a child’s age and understanding of surrendering their lives to Christ and wanting to proclaim that publicly, baptism is available upon completion of our ALC Kids Baptism Class.