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Baptism

 Why be Baptized?
  1. Because Jesus Christ commanded it. “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, 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).
  2. Because obeying Christ’s command shows that you know Him and love Him. “We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands” (1 John 2:3). “If you love me, you will obey my commands” (John 14:15).
  3. Because baptism demonstrates that you are a believer. “Those who accepted his message were baptized…” (Acts 2:41). “…many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8).
  4. Because you want to follow Christ’s example. “…Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan” (Mark 1:9).
Who should be Baptized?  
Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ should be baptized. 

“But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women” (Acts 8:12). 

Baptism is for believers in Jesus Christ. We do not baptize children until they are old enough to understand the good news and make a personal, thoughtful decision to believe in Jesus.

What is Baptism?
  1. Baptism is a picture of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, and raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4);  “...having been buried with him in baptism, and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12).
  2. Baptism is a public expression of your new life in Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:4).
  3. Baptism is an outward symbol of the inward commitment you have made as a believer. Just wearing a wedding ring doesn’t make you married. In the same way, baptism doesn’t make you a Christian; it shows that you already are one.  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

How are we to be Baptized?
  1. We are to be baptized like Jesus was by being immersed in water. “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water” (Matthew 3:16).
  2. Every baptism described in the Bible was by immersion in water. For example, “Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him and they came up out of the water” (Acts 8:38-39).
  3. The word “baptize” is transliterated from the Greek word, baptidzo. Its literal translation is “to dip,” “to submerge,” or “to immerse.”
  4. Immersion makes sense because it graphically portrays a death, a burial and a resurrection.
When should we be Baptized?
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, there is no reason to delay! “Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?’” (Acts 8:35-36), “When they believed they were baptized” (Acts 8:12).

What about being Baptized a second time?
If you are a believer and you have not been baptized by immersion, we recommend that you be baptized again. Doing so does not devalue a prior experience, but reflects your desire to be baptized in the way Jesus was, and as the Bible prescribes. Every member of Westwood has been baptized by immersion.

Will I have to say anything at my Baptism?
At the beginning of each baptism service, the pastor will briefly explain the meaning of baptism. Each person being baptised will have already recorded a short video about their decision to be baptised. These videos will be shown just before each person's baptism.

Instructions for your Baptism 
  1. All baptism services are held at Westwood, except during the summer months when a baptism service is held at a local lake.
  2. When you take the required Baptism Class, please fill out the Personal Testimony Form included in the baptism brochure and return it to the church office at least three days prior to the baptism service you wish to participate in. A church leader will review your form and approve your baptism.
  3. On the day of your baptism, you should arrive at least fifteen minutes early, and report to the right-hand section of the sanctuary at the front. At this time you should be wearing the clothing in which you will be baptized. You should also bring a bath towel, a plastic bag for taking wet items home, and a complete change of clothes.
  4. You may wear whatever you desire as long as it is modest and appropriate. We recommend a swim suit or shorts and a tee shirt or other top. Keep in mind that light-colored clothing often becomes transparent when it is wet. Footwear is unnecessary.
  5. When you are baptized, the pastor will allow you to plug your nose, then briefly lower you until your entire body is under the water, and then quickly lift you out. Relax! We haven’t lost anyone yet! 
  6. A private area to change clothes after your baptism will be provided. Our baptism support team is also here to offer any assistance you may require.
  7. It is entirely appropriate to invite friends and relatives to witness this special moment in your life!
  8. Don’t be surprised when people clap at your baptism! Every Christian there will be filled with joy as you tell your story and publicly identify yourself as a believer in Jesus!
If you would like to be baptized, or would like to receive more information, please call the church office at 360.866.6888.

Baptism

 Why be Baptized?
  1. Because Jesus Christ commanded it. “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, 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).
  2. Because obeying Christ’s command shows that you know Him and love Him. “We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands” (1 John 2:3). “If you love me, you will obey my commands” (John 14:15).
  3. Because baptism demonstrates that you are a believer. “Those who accepted his message were baptized…” (Acts 2:41). “…many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8).
  4. Because you want to follow Christ’s example. “…Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan” (Mark 1:9).
Who should be Baptized?  
Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ should be baptized. 

“But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women” (Acts 8:12). 

Baptism is for believers in Jesus Christ. We do not baptize children until they are old enough to understand the good news and make a personal, thoughtful decision to believe in Jesus.

What is Baptism?
  1. Baptism is a picture of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, and raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4);  “...having been buried with him in baptism, and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12).
  2. Baptism is a public expression of your new life in Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:4).
  3. Baptism is an outward symbol of the inward commitment you have made as a believer. Just wearing a wedding ring doesn’t make you married. In the same way, baptism doesn’t make you a Christian; it shows that you already are one.  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

How are we to be Baptized?
  1. We are to be baptized like Jesus was by being immersed in water. “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water” (Matthew 3:16).
  2. Every baptism described in the Bible was by immersion in water. For example, “Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him and they came up out of the water” (Acts 8:38-39).
  3. The word “baptize” is transliterated from the Greek word, baptidzo. Its literal translation is “to dip,” “to submerge,” or “to immerse.”
  4. Immersion makes sense because it graphically portrays a death, a burial and a resurrection.
When should we be Baptized?
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, there is no reason to delay! “Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?’” (Acts 8:35-36), “When they believed they were baptized” (Acts 8:12).

What about being Baptized a second time?
If you are a believer and you have not been baptized by immersion, we recommend that you be baptized again. Doing so does not devalue a prior experience, but reflects your desire to be baptized in the way Jesus was, and as the Bible prescribes. Every member of Westwood has been baptized by immersion.

Will I have to say anything at my Baptism?
At the beginning of each baptism service, the pastor will briefly explain the meaning of baptism. Each person being baptised will have already recorded a short video about their decision to be baptised. These videos will be shown just before each person's baptism.

Instructions for your Baptism 
  1. All baptism services are held at Westwood, except during the summer months when a baptism service is held at a local lake.
  2. When you take the required Baptism Class, please fill out the Personal Testimony Form included in the baptism brochure and return it to the church office at least three days prior to the baptism service you wish to participate in. A church leader will review your form and approve your baptism.
  3. On the day of your baptism, you should arrive at least fifteen minutes early, and report to the right-hand section of the sanctuary at the front. At this time you should be wearing the clothing in which you will be baptized. You should also bring a bath towel, a plastic bag for taking wet items home, and a complete change of clothes.
  4. You may wear whatever you desire as long as it is modest and appropriate. We recommend a swim suit or shorts and a tee shirt or other top. Keep in mind that light-colored clothing often becomes transparent when it is wet. Footwear is unnecessary.
  5. When you are baptized, the pastor will allow you to plug your nose, then briefly lower you until your entire body is under the water, and then quickly lift you out. Relax! We haven’t lost anyone yet! 
  6. A private area to change clothes after your baptism will be provided. Our baptism support team is also here to offer any assistance you may require.
  7. It is entirely appropriate to invite friends and relatives to witness this special moment in your life!
  8. Don’t be surprised when people clap at your baptism! Every Christian there will be filled with joy as you tell your story and publicly identify yourself as a believer in Jesus!
If you would like to be baptized, or would like to receive more information, please call the church office at 360.866.6888.