Baptism is the first step of obedience for any believer.
A baptism experience is one of the most memorable events of your walk with Christ. It marks a particular moment signifying repentance, dying to self, and being raised again to walk in the new life that Christ bought for you. It is a celebration of new life that your friends and family can all participate with.
We don’t just learn his teachings, but we follow the clear example he set for us. This includes being baptized.
One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. -Mark 1:9
As followers of Christ, our chief desire should always be to live as he did, and to be obedient to his commands.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:18-20
The very earliest believers responded to the Good News by being baptized first. (Acts 2:37-38) Isn’t it time for you to be baptized?
Baptism is a picture
Baptism is an illustration. It draws a picture of who you were, and who you are becoming. While baptism does not save you, it is a picture of how you have been “crucified with Christ,” that you no longer live that old life, and that you have been cleansed to live a new live “by faith.” (Galatians 2:20)
Baptism is an outward illustration of an inward relationship.
Biblically, baptism was the new believers’ public profession of faith.
What to Expect on your Baptism Day
Baptisms are cause for celebration at The Orchard! Don’t be surprised if we pull out the streamers and the noisemakers for your big event!
Be sure to invite your whole family to be with you. We love it when families gather around the baptism tank at the front of the auditorium to celebrate together.
When To Arrive
On Baptism Day, arrive in the auditorium 20 minutes prior to the service to get your spot, and last-minute instructions for how it will go!
Who To See
Bill Heaslip, our head deacon, will meet you at our reserved Baptism section to guide you through the morning.
What To Wear
Most people show up in what they’ll be baptized in. We generally just wear shorts and t-shirts. You will be fully immersed, so, ladies, be sure to take modesty into account!
What To Bring
You will want to dry off and change clothes. Bring a towel, and a complete change of clothes. Maybe a hairbrush. You can change in the restrooms.
After baptism, we typically worship together with singing, a message, and taking communion together. Be sure to plan to catch as much of that as you can!