Baptism is an important aspect of church life at Calvary. It is an ordinance which uses water to demonstrate the spiritual cleansing that has taken place in a person’s life. It provides an opportunity for individuals to publicly declare that they have placed their trust in Jesus Christ and that they have experienced God’s forgiveness of their sins. Baptism is a great time for the church to celebrate the change that God has brought about in an individual’s life.
Baptism is an outward expression of what God has done inwardly in a person’s life. If you would like to participate in our next baptism, please contact Christie Thompson at ext. 5615.
Who should be baptized?
Everyone who has come to recognize Jesus as their Savior and has committed themselves to following Him with their lives is strongly encouraged to participate in baptism.
How does Calvary Church observe baptism?
We practice baptism by immersion (Acts 8:36-39). It is symbolic of the beginning of the Christian life and is the holy and beautiful testimony of a believer affirming personal faith in the crucified, buried, resurrected, and ascended Savior. This spiritual union with Christ — dying to our old life in Adam and being resurrected to a new life in Christ — is illustrated by water baptism (Romans 6:1-11, Galatians 2:20, Colossians 2:11-12).
It is also a sign of identification with the Body of Christ, the Church (Acts 2:41-42). The Lord Jesus has commanded His Church “to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). We believe that immersion paints a wonderful picture of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. It also portrays the washing, or cleansing, that God has done in a believer’s life. Typically, several people are baptized in each service. We use the baptismal located in the Sanctuary.
For more information on baptism at Calvary, download our frequently asked questions.