Baptism at Living Word is for children (age 8+), teens, and adults who have not been baptized since coming to faith in Christ. Water baptism is an extremely important milestone in the Christian life. We practice “Believer’s baptism” here at Living Word, which means that baptism comes after a person has begun their personal relationship with Jesus. Baptism is a sign or symbol of a person’s commitment to follow Jesus. Anyone who has made this genuine and full commitment to Jesus should be baptized.
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Baptism: Please check back for date of next baptism.
Required Baptism Classes
Pre-Baptism Class: Date to be determined (teens age 13+ through adults). Attending the Pre-Baptism Class is a requirement for baptism.
Children’s Baptism Class: Date to be determined (children ages 8-12, parents are not required to attend this class with their child).
Preregistration is not required for either of these classes. Everyone who wants to be baptized must attend either the Children’s class or the Pre-Baptism class (based on age).
What about children?
In the case of children, we ask that they be at least 8 years of age, and that their parents talk with them ahead of time to make sure they have made a genuine commitment of their life to Christ. Read our Water Baptism Explanation sheet for more insight into children baptisms.
What is baptism?
Baptism is a sign or symbol of a person’s commitment and loyalty to Christ. Baptism does not make someone a Christian, or a part of God’s family, or a member in the church. That is why we don’t baptize infants. Baptism is a sign and symbol of a life commitment and relationship with Christ.
Why should I be baptized?
Christ was baptized—he is our model. Christ made baptism an important part of our life with him. Baptism is a personal step of obedience to the command of Christ. Baptism is a time when we receive joy and peace as we identify with the death and resurrection of Jesus.
How do we baptize?
While Scripture allows for some variety here, we believe that total immersion under the water is best because it is true to the meaning of what baptism symbolizes—death and new life.
When should I be baptized?
In the Bible, most people were baptized soon after they made a commitment of their life to Christ. We think people should have been consistently following Christ for some time, and know in their heart that they are genuinely committed to him. If that is true for you – then now is the time to be baptized.