Introduction to Baptism
Just as God gave us life through our physical birth, so he makes it possible for us to receive a new life in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. It's through this second birth that people become a member of the body of Christ.
What is Baptism?
Martin Luther teaches: "Baptism is not water only, but it is water used together with God's Word and by His command."
What is this "Word"?
In Matthew 28, our Lord Jesus Christ says: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
What is a Sacrament?
In Lutheran faith, a sacrament is something that has THREE parts to it...
How can water do such great things?
Our Lutheran faith teaches: "It's not water that does these things, but God's Word with the water and our trust in His Word. Water by itself is water, but with the Word of God, it is a life-giving water which by grace gives the new birth through the Holy Spirit."
What does baptism mean for daily living?
It means that our sinful self, with its evil acts and desires, should be drowned through daily repentance; and that day after day a new self should arise to live with God in righteousness and purity forever. St. Paul writes in Romans 6: "We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from
the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life."
What are we promising by presenting our child for baptism, or by being a sponsor?
What else do we need to know?
2013 Baptism Schedule:
January 12th/13th - During regular worship hours
February 10th - Special noon Baptism service
March 10th - Special noon Baptism service
April 13th/14th - During regular worship hours
May 11th/12th - During regular worship hours
June 9th - Special noon Baptism service
July 14th - Special noon Baptism service
August 10th/11th - During regular worship hours
September 15th - Special noon Baptism service
October 13th - Special noon Baptism service
November 9th/10th - During regular worship hours
December 8th - Special noon Baptism service