Jesus told His followers to be baptized. If you’ve received Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and are following Him, it’s important that you obey Him and take this important step. Baptism shows others that you’ve made a life change and are now following Jesus.
Who can be baptized?
Anyone who has made a personal decision to follow Jesus as Lord and Saviour can be baptized. At Kingdom City we do wait to baptize children until 10 years of age when they are generally ready to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.
If you have not yet made Jesus the Lord of your life, find out how you can do it!
How does Kingdom City baptize?
Because the original Greek words for baptism mean "to be immersed, dipped, or completely covered," we baptize by immersion. Also, we believe that going under the water best symbolizes what happens to us when we become a Christ-follower: going down under the water signifies the death of our old life and coming up out of the water signifies the new life we receive when we make Jesus our Lord and Saviour.
What do I do on baptism day?
Fifteen minutes before the service, meet the Pastor by the baptism tank in the Sanctuary. He/she will give you instructions and answer any last-minute questions. Invite your friends and family to sit close to the front so they can take photos or video, if you wish. This is a special day!
What should I wear to be baptized?
Wear a dark shirt and knee-length shorts. Shorts and a t-shirt may be borrowed from the church if you do not have any. Remember to bring a towel and dry undergarments.
What will happen during the baptism?
The Pastor will read your prepared two-sentence testimony (see next FAQ), and then ask you: Have you received Jesus as your Lord and Saviour? (you respond); Will you now declare, "Jesus is Lord and I'm following Him"? (you respond)
The Pastor will then say, "I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit," and will baptize you!
Is there anything to do ahead of time?
1. Write out your testimony as you think through these questions:
What was your life like before you accepted Jesus as your Saviour?
What made you want to have a personal relationship with Christ?
How has having Jesus in your life made a difference?
Were there any people who were instrumental in your coming to faith?
Why do you want to be baptized?
As best as you can, summarize your testimony into two sentences. The Pastor will read these two sentences out to the congregation before he/she baptizes you. It would be a great idea to share your longer testimony with your family and close friends before or after the Baptism Service.
2. Invite friends and family to your baptism!