WHAT DOES A BAPTISM LOOK LIKE?
A baptism involves water and God's Word. A person is brought to the baptismal font and has water poured upon the head as God's Word is read. Yet Baptism involves more than the eye sees!
WHO SHALL BE BAPTIZED?
Christ tells His disciples to go forth baptizing all nations in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to keep all things that He has entrusted them with (paraphrase of Matt 28:19-20a). Christ does not place an age limit on Baptism, instead He says to baptize all nations meaning all people regardless of age.
BAPTISM AND SALVATION
At Grace Lutheran, we rejoice in the blessed gift of Baptism that through the work of God's Holy Spirit forgives sins (Titus 3:5-8), saves (Mark 16:16), unites the believing one to Christ's death and resurrection (Romans 6:4-11), and provides adoption as sons (Galatians 4:25-72)
BAPTISM IS LIFE LONG
Christians daily return to their Baptisms through daily contrition and repentance which is worked by the Holy Spirit. Through contrition and repentance, the old Adam-our corrupt flesh which delights in sin-is drowned or as Paul states is crucified (Galatians 4:20). This is not just a return in the morning, but a return every time we sin which despite the Christian's best effort to lead a pure and blameless life is quite frequent. This cycle is critically dependent on the hearing of God's Word, for it is through God's Word that the Holy Spirit does His work. The faithful, baptized come frequently to hear God's Word read and proclaimed, and also to receive Christ's own body and blood in the Lord's Supper (Communion).
BAPTISMS AT GRACE
Anyone who desires to have a baptism at Grace should schedule an appointment with the Pastor to review the catechism and the Baptismal rite before scheduling a Baptism.