We believe that water baptism is, first and foremost, obedience to the command of Jesus. He was baptized, setting an example for us to follow (Romans 6:3-4). We believe that every believer should be baptized after believing in Jesus Christ as Savior, and that baptism is a public statement of an inward decision to follow Christ. If you are ready to be baptized, we ask that you read the information below and submit the online registration form or complete the downloadable form and return it to the church office.
Why should I be baptized?
“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. This scripture is Jesus’ last instructions to His disciples before He ascended to heaven, and we believe that these are important commands that we should follow, as disciples of Christ.
When should I be baptized?
"Those who accepted this message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day." Acts 2:41. Water baptism should be the first step of faith after deciding to follow Jesus.
How should I be baptized?
As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment, heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him." Matthew 3:16. Webster defines bury as "to hide or cover." Only immersion fulfills this definition. The definition of the Greek word used here, baptizo, is to make fully wet, and so we practice full immersion baptism.
Baptism of Children
We are excited that your child is interested in being baptized. We believe baptism is a big decision that needs to be made with a child and his or her parents. We request that children ages 8-17 years old talk with their Children's Director or Youth Pastor and fill out a child application for baptism. We do not encourage children under the age of eight to be baptized, as this tends to be a decision that young kids don’t truly comprehend. Everyone under 18 years old must have their parent’s signature and permission prior to being baptized. Download the Application
Since water baptism is for “whoever believes” [Mark 16:16], Westside church does not water baptize babies or small children. We do conduct a service of dedication upon the request of the parents. During the baby dedication, a special prayer is offered on behalf of both the child and the parents invoking God's blessing and protection. This act of dedication is significant because it gave public testimony that the parents have given their child to God and have gone before the church stating that they will endeavor to raise the child in the admonition of the Lord. Arrangements for dedication must be made by completing and returning the Baby Dedication Request Form at least 4 weeks prior to the requested dedication date. The age of the baby for dedication is 6 weeks to 18 months. Complete the baby dedication form
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