Who should be baptized?

Every believer.  Christians believe that the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sins.  Therefore, salvation occurs only when a person places his faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his or her sin.

Why should I get baptized?

To follow the example set by Christ.   Mark 1:9
Because Christ commands it.  Matthew 28:18-20
To demonstrate to others that you are a believer. Baptism doesn’t make you a Christian; it identifies you as a Christian.  Acts 8:12

What baptism symbolizes:

Baptism is a way of showing others you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ.    Just like a husband and wife show their love by wearing wedding bands, baptism is an opportunity to show others that you have accepted Christ and are now walking with him.

Baptism symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation when you accepted Christ.:
You received new life in Christ.  2 Corinthians 5:17
You shared in Christ’s burial and resurrection.  I Corinthians 15:3,4; Colossians 2:12; Romans 6:4
You were symbolically washed clean and your sins forgiven by his death on the cross.

When should I be baptized?

As soon as you become a believer, or as soon as you realize its importance. Maybe you’ve been a believer for a while but you didn’t realize how important it was. In Acts, it says those who believed were baptized that day.

Can I have my children baptized?

As United Methodists, we baptize people of all ages. As a parent, when you choose to have your child baptized, you are really saying that you are a believer, you are committing your child to God, and you are committing to raise that child in the Christian faith until such time as that child can accept Christ’s salvation and grace for themselves.

If you would like to know more about baptism or be baptized, please contact the church office or email us at baptism@medwaychurch.org.