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Baptism is the act of someone being immersed in water as a testimony of having accepted God’s free gift of salvation. Baptism symbolizes a person’s union with Jesus Christ. The act of going down into the water symbolizes the death and burial of an old way of life before salvation. The act of coming out of the water symbolizes the liberation from sin and being raised to live a new life as a disciple of Christ.

We conduct baptisms during our Sunday Worship Services regularly throughout the year.

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Jesus instructed His disciples to remember His death and resurrection. He gave the church two visible symbols, which we call “ordinances,” as reminders of His death and resurrection. These two ordinances are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
 

Who should get baptized?

Every person who has made their own, conscious decision to repent of their sin and surrender their life to Jesus Christ.

“Those who accepted (the Gospel) message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”

“But when they believed Phillip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
 

Certain points to note:

  • We believe that baptism accompanies salvation, but is not required for salvation.

    “[God] saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. 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 become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

    “A man who knows that he is saved by believing in Christ does not, when he is baptized, lift his baptism into a saving ordinance. In fact, he is the very best protester against that mistake, because he holds that he has no right to be baptized until he is saved.” -Charles H. Spurgeon

  • Nowhere in the Bible do we ever see a baby baptized.
  • The only people that the Bible describes being baptized are those who have made their own, conscious decision to repent of their sin and follow Jesus Christ.
  • It is a membership requirement that every member must be baptized after their conversion experience. We call this believer’s baptism.
     
     
    At Memorial Baptist Church we wait until children are old enough to surrender their life to Jesus and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.

    Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for babies or children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on behalf of the child. In this ritual the parents are promising to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his or her own decision to surrender their life to Christ.

    The problem with this ritual (outside of the fact that it is found nowhere in the Bible) is that many children grow up to be adults thinking that their baptism as an infant is their means of salvation. They go through their life believing that they are no longer under God’s eternal punishment and that no further decision must be made to surrender their life to Christ as their Lord and Savior.

    Memorial Baptist Church does practice a “Baby Dedication Sunday”—a time during a Sunday morning worship service when the parents and congregation make a covenant to raise the child according to biblical principles. However, there is no practice of pedobaptism during this occasion.

 

Why should a Christian be baptized?

  • To follow the command of Jesus.

    “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.”

  • To express to God, one’s self, the church, and the world the internal change that Jesus Christ has made in one’s life.
     
    “Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.”

    “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”

 

What is the meaning of baptism?

  • Baptism is a visual and symbolic representation of Christ’s burial and resurrection.

    “Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

  • Baptism is a visual and symbolic representation of our renewed life in Christ. Essentially, it is the outward sign of God’s inward grace and working in the heart of a believer.
     
    “In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.”

 

Why does Memorial Baptist Church baptize by immersion only?

  • Jesus was baptized according to this method.

    “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.”

  • There are no examples of anyone in the New Testament being baptized by any other method.
  • The word to describe baptism in the New Testament is the Greek word βαπτισμα (baptízō). This word means, quite literally, to dip, to immerse, to submerge—to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash.

 

When should someone be baptized?

  • As soon as a person has surrendered his or her life to Jesus Christ, Memorial Baptist Church encourages him or her to walk through our New Member Class so that he or she may develop a clear understanding of what it means to follow Jesus and be baptized.
  • There is really not a reason to delay baptism upon conversion. As soon as a person has decided to surrender their life to Jesus, he or she can and should be baptized. If the person waits until he or she feels “perfect,” they might never consider themselves “good enough” to follow through with the ordinance of baptism.
  • During a baptism, the person officiating (usually Pastor Dan) will introduce the candidate. He may invite family, friends, and others who have been part of his or her spiritual journey to stand. Pastor Dan will then ask the candidate, “Have you surrendered your life to Christ and trusted Him to be your Savior and Lord?” After the candidate has responded, Pastor Dan will say, “Then I baptize you (Name), in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” The candidate will then bend their knees, take hold the pastor’s arm and he will lower them just under the water and raise them back up. Once the baptism is completed the candidate will leave the baptismal pool, dry off, change clothes, and return to the service. Later, he or she will be given a certificate of believer’s baptism. We encourage all baptism candidates to invite all their friends and family to attend their baptism.

 

How does someone let the church know that they want to be baptized?

You can let the church know that you want to be baptized by making an appointment with Pastor Dan. You may schedule your appointment by emailing him at dan@mbcmetairie.org or by calling the church at (504) 887-1716.

16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;

Matthew 28:19

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (ESV)

And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. (ESV)

38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:41

41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. (ESV)

12 But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

Acts 8:36-38

36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. (ESV)

18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; (ESV)

And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (ESV)

16 And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’ (ESV)

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (ESV)

27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (ESV)

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, (ESV)

12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. (ESV)

41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. (ESV)

12 But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. (ESV)

he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (ESV)

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (ESV)

Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. (ESV)

26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (ESV)

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (ESV)

11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. (ESV)

16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; (ESV)