WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Baptism is an outward symbol that a person has entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what has taken place inwardly at the time of our salvation: Our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior .
“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?” Philip said,” If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Acts 8:35-37
Fox River Christian Church practices total immersion baptism because we believe scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the mode for profession of faith in Him. However, the method of water is not the focus, rather the state of the heart at the time of baptism.
A person has not been baptized (as Scripture explains it) if he has only been christened as an infant or as a child before his personal relationship started. Infant and child baptism, in some denominations, is a decision made by the parents that they are dedicating the child’s life to Christ and will raise the child as a Christian. Here at FRCC, families celebrate child dedication as a symbol of their intent to raise that child as a follower of Christ. When someone is baptized in Believer’s Baptism after he has accepted Christ, it is a decision that he has made for himself. For parents, this can be viewed as a completion of what they started.
A person does not have to get baptized here if they would like to do it in another church. However, everyone who gets baptized at Fox River Christian Church goes through the same steps:
• Listen to this presentation and complete the Baptism Form (complete the form online).
• Film your testimony on video. This video is an opportunity to share your story with more people in one day that you will for the rest of your life.
• Show your video and get baptized during one of the services.
Believer’s Baptism is a public profession and we have found that using a video is meaningful to the individuals getting baptized and insightful for those attending the service. Taping your testimony ahead of time allows you to share your story in a concise and powerful way. You never know who may be impacted positively by your words.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns or if I can walk you through the process in greater detail. I look forward to speaking with you.
Note: If you are thinking about becoming a member of Fox River Christian Church, Believer’s Baptism is one of the requirements. Believer’s Baptism is not synonymous with membership, and we do not want someone to get baptized just to become a member. However, we want our members, those leading others into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, to have this firm foundation of a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Believer’s Baptism is the outward sign that they do have this relationship.