1. It illustrates Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.
Christ died for our sins...he was buried...and...he rose again. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (KJV)
When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Romans 6:4 (MSG)
For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ. Colossians 2:12 (GNT)
2. It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand-new person inside. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT)
Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe-Christ's life, the fulfillment of God's original promise. Galatians 3:27 (MSG)
Baptism doesn't make you a believer-it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not "save" you, only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring-its the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart.
3. It demonstrates my incorporation into Christ's body, the church.
We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which Christ has the final say in everything. This is what we proclaimed in word and action when we were baptized. Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body. 1 Corinthians 12:13 (MSG)
1. To follow the example set by Jesus Christ.
At the time Jesus came from Nazareth...and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Mark 1:9
2. Because Christ commands it.
"Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you." Matthew 28:19-20
3. It shows that I really believe.
Many of the people who heard Paul believed and were baptized. Acts 18:8 (NIV)
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. I John 2:3 (NIV)
4. We get to publicly proclaim/celebrate our faith in all that he accomplished in these acts through baptism.
1. Because Jesus was baptized that way.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. Matthew 3:16 (NIV)
2. Every baptism in the bible was by immersion.
Then both Philip and the [man] went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water... Acts 8:38-39
Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water. John 3:23 (NIC)
3. The word "baptize" means to submerse into water.
The greek word baptizo means "to immerse and dip under water."
4. Baptism is the best symbol of a burial and resurrection!
The founders from different denominations agree with the statement above.
MARTIN LUTHER: "I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the word imports and the mystery signifies."
JOHN WESLEY: "We are buried with him, alluding to the ancient manner of baptizing by immersion."
THE NEW CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: "The biblical form of baptism was unquestionably immersion. In the Catholic church, immersion seems to have prevailed until the twelfth century."
Every person who has belief in Christ.
Many of them believed his message and were baptized. Acts 2:41 (GNT)
Simon believed in Christ and was baptized. Acts 8:13 (NLV)
But when they believe Philip as he preached the good news...and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Acts 8:12 (NIV)
At Catalyst, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
We at Catalyst practice "baby dedication" for baby/children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed.
This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ. At Catalyst, it is a membership requirement that every member must have been baptized the way Jesus demonstrated, even though many of us were "confirmed" as children.
"AS SOON AS YOU HAVE BELIEVED!"
"Those who believed...were baptized...that day!" Act 2:41 (NLV)
Then Philip spoke. Starting with that passage, Philip told the official the Good News and Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water. The official said to Philip, "Look, there's some water. What can keep me from being baptized?" The official ordered the carriage to stop. He and Philip stepped into the water, and Philip baptized him. Acts 8:35-38
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are "perfect", you'll never feel "good enough"!
Yes, Catalyst and our vendors provide the latest technology in regards to encryption and security.
All major card brands such as VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Also, you have the option to use ACH/eCheck transactions.
Giving electronically is completely optional. We will continue to collect contributions as we always have, and you are more then free to continue to give by check or cash if you like.
For those of us who give a set amount weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly by check. It's also great for members of the military on deployment or those that have erratic schedules and aren't able to consistently give at a worship service.
Yes, just make sure the option to "MAKE THIS GIFT RECURRING" is unchecked.
The system we're using uses 128-bit SSL technology for data transactions. All personal, credit card, & bank information is submitted using 128-bit encryption. It is the industry standard used by banking institutions, Wall Street, etc. There is no stronger form of protection than this encryption and by doing this, we eliminate the possibility that someone might "tap" the line and extract your personal data from it.
Yes! If each family member fully understands the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment.
Teenagers who wish to be baptized can attend a baptism class held regularly throughout the year.
However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not family tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children. This puts an undue pressure on them and delays your obedience.
We have baptism T-shirts for you and use presentable shorts or pants or clothes you feel comfortable in. No white shirts.
No. At the beginning of the service, one of our pastors will briefly explain the meaning of baptism. You will wait at the edge of the pool for your turn to be baptized. A pastor will introduce you, briefly lower you just under the water, and then you can leave the pool, dry off, and watch the others. We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends to attend your baptism! You will be given a photo and certificate of your baptism.
We can perform a private baptism in special circumstances.