Next Water Baptism - Sunday October 18, 2015
Attendance at an informational meeting is required, January 17, 2016 at the church in Pastor's office.
Water Baptism - Many People Ask If It's Required for Salvation
Baptism isn't an act that gets us into heaven - it is faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord that offers that assurance. Baptism (by full immersion as taught in the Bible) is an act of obedience that should be an immediate part of our acceptance of the gift of grace offered by Jesus Christ. But it does not mean that one who truly gives their heart to Jesus on a death bed, in the heat of warfare, or in a crashing airplane, will be kept out of heaven because they failed to be baptised. The thief on the cross next to Jesus didn't have time to be baptised before he died, but he had an opportunity to believe in Jesus and put his trust in Him, and Jesus responded by saying, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise" (Luke 23:43). True faith in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross for our sins is sufficient for salvation. Christ has already done everything. By definition, His grace doesn't require any additional "works" by us. That being said, Jesus Christ commands us to be baptised (Matthew 28:18-20), and therefore, all believers should be baptised. Immediately following Christ's command, the Book of Acts describes the practice of administering baptism to almost every group or individual who believed in the preaching of the Gospel by the apostles (Acts 2:37-41; 8:5-13; 8:35-39; 9:10-18; 10:34-48; 16:13-15; 16:30-33; 18:8;and 19:1-6).
Water Baptism - What does it symbolize?
According to the Bible, the symbolism of baptism declares that three things happen to believers who are baptised: (1) they die with Christ to their old self; (2) they rise with Christ to become a new creature; and (3) they are incorporated in their new life with a living community which looks for the coming of the Lord (Romans 6:1-11). Contrary to what some denominations teach, it seems obvious that a Christian's baptism must necessarily require a responsible decision to accept Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, and therefore, must be delayed until an age of reason or discretion (knowing right from wrong within God's perspective). In short, Jesus Christ commands baptism for His followers. Although the act of baptism does not cause eternal salvation, it seems that any believer who refuses baptism should truly examine his or her conversion. "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, baptising 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 will be with you always, to the very end of the age'" (Matthew 28:18-20).
We at Mountain View believe that children are a gift from God. We want to love children as Jesus did. Children
are a high priority and are greatly valued here at Mountain View.
A Baby Dedication is a public commitment you make before God, your family and your church. The dedication
service provides you, the parents, the opportunity to express publicly your desire to lead and spiritually nurture
your child to love God and others.
What is a Baby Dedication?
The definition of dedication is a setting apart or being set apart for a sacred purpose.
It is not baptism. Baptism has to do with belief in Christ and repentance of sin and public
confession of faith and commitment to Jesus.
- A joyful opportunity for parents to acknowledge God’s incredible blessing of children as a gift from God. Psalm 127:3
- A formal recognition that the child belongs to God. Psalm 24:1
- A public commitment on the part of the parents and body of Christ to teach God’s Word and encourage them in their spiritual development.
Why do we dedicate children?
We dedicate children for their blessing and our encouragement, following the example of godly parents in the
Bible. They publicly dedicated their children to God, because they understood that God had entrusted their
children to their care. As a church, it is a joyful opportunity to publicly recognize a child as a gift from God and
to stand with the parents to raise their child up for God, as He gives them grace.
The Bible tells us that Hannah dedicated Samuel with these words, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has
granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the
Lord” (1 Samuel 1:27-28).
Mary and Joseph presented Jesus back to God in an act of worship and dedication, “When the time of their
purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took Him to Jerusalem to
present Him to the Lord. And the child grew and became strong; He was filled with wisdom, and the grace of
God was upon Him." (Luke 2:22-40). We want to see this blessing be true for your child too.
When can I dedicate my child to God? Is there a specific age?
Mountain View encourages baby/child dedication for children ranging from infant to toddler. Situations differ a Pastor will gladly talk to you about your situation if your child is older.
What’s the next step?
That’s the easy part! We have several baby dedications throughout the year here at Mountain View. Just click
the link and fill out the online form. There is room on the form if you have questions..