When is the Next Baptism?
Our next Baptism will be Saturday, March 17th at 3:30 p.m.
What do I need to do before I get Baptized?
Join us for our baptism class on Sunday, March 4th at 11:15 a.m., in Room 110 in the Cosumnes River College Library. If you would like to sign up to be baptized or attend the class, please complete the form here or contact Pamela Douglas-Alvarado at 916-441-6228 x111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Below are some common questions about Baptism at BOSS:
Why should I be baptized?
1. To follow the example set by Jesus.
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:9)
2. Because Christ commands it.
“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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20)
3. It demonstrates that I am a follower of Christ.
“…many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.” (Acts 18:8)
“We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.” (1 John 2:3)
What is the meaning of Baptism?
1. It illustrates Christ’s Burial and Resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins, He was buried and He was rose again on the third day.” (1 Cor. 15:3-4)
“Having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.” (Col. 2:12)
2. It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
“When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!” (2 Cor. 5:17, Living Bible)
“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)
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer, it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
When should I be Baptized?
As soon as you have believed! There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized.
“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” (Acts 2:41)
“Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?’ And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” (Acts 8:35-38)
Can my family be Baptized together?
Yes! If each family member understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment.
However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children.
What should I wear when I am baptized?
Women should wear shorts and a top or sweat pants rather than a swimsuit. Men may wear shorts and T-shirt. Please bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes.
Will I have to say anything?
If you would like to great! If not, you will not have to. At the beginning of the service, we will briefly explain the meaning of baptism. You will wait for your turn to be baptized. We will introduce you, briefly lower you into the water, and then you can leave the pool, dry off, and watch the others. We encourage you to invite family and friends to attend your baptism.
If you have questions about baptism or would like to discuss this further, please contact the church office at 916-441-6228.