Baptism is the public celebration announcing your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Check out some of the information below to see if baptism is right for you at this point on your spiritual journey, and then connect with us to take the next step.
WHAT IT IS
Baptism is the public celebration announcing your personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
WHAT IT ISN’T
Baptism does not save you: this means that it doesn’t purchase your way into heaven, assure you a personal relationship with Jesus, and does not somehow make you pure or perfect.
Baptism is in obedience to Christ and does not automatically make you a member of Mosaic San Diego or any church.
Because Jesus did it.
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. 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 lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Because Jesus asked us to do it in obedience.
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, baptizing 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 am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Followers of Jesus in the Bible were plunged into the water.
Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
The original word in the Bible for baptized is baptizo, and it specifically means to immerse in a body of water.
Being plunged into water is symbolic in two ways:
- It symbolizes Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
- It symbolizes your death to sin and your new life in Jesus.
Or 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. -Romans 6:3-4
Followers of Jesus in the Bible were baptized immediately after making a focused commitment of their lives to follow Jesus.
The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved –you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. -Acts 16:29-33
This is a huge celebration of what God is going in your spiritual journey! The first thing to bring is your friends and family members who can celebrate with you at your baptism party.
MEN: swim trunks or cutoffs, towel, a T-shirt and a plastic grocery bag for wet clothes and towel.
WOMEN: swimsuit or dark T-shirt and shorts, towel, plastic bag for wet clothes and towel.
***Please arrive at the baptism site at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled event.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN?
- You will have an opportunity to change into your swim wear.
- Your community group leader, friend, or pastor baptizing you will meet with the group and pray with everyone.
- You will be baptized.
- You can then change into your warm, dry clothes and meet up you with your friends and family.
THIS IS WHAT IS SAID:
- The person baptizing will let everyone know who you are.
- The person baptizing will ask if you have made a focused commitment of your life to Jesus Christ.
- The person baptizing you will say “Because of your declaration of faith before God and these witnesses, I now baptize you in the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.”