BAPTISM

What is Baptism?

Baptism (from the Greek noun βάπτισμα baptisma) is a Christian sacrament of admission and adoption, almost invariably with the use of water, into the Christian Church generally and also a particular church.

Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s word.

 
 
 
 

What benefits does Baptism give?

It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.

Which are these words, promises of God?

Christ says: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16

Which is that word of God?

Christ our Lord says: “Therefore 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

 
 
 
 
 

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism

We baptize all ages and have Pastors available to meet with you if you would like to talk before making a decision to be baptized or to baptize an infant. If you would like to schedule a baptism please complete the form at the bottom of the page.

How can water do such great things?

Certainly not just water, but the word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without God’s word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says: “He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might be-come heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying.” – Titus 3:5-8

What does such baptizing with water indicate?

It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.

 

Where is this written?

St. Paul writes in Romans: “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Jesus Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” – Romans 6:4

– Luther’s Small Catechism/1986
 
Would you like to be baptized?
Fill out the form to the left or email or contact the church office at 402-333-4444.