Here are a few
tips to help make the baptismal service a memorable and
meaningful worship experience.
the outward testimony of the believer's inward faith.
A sinner is saved the moment he places his faith in the
Lord Jesus Christ. Baptism is a visible testimony to
that faith. Water baptism is the ordinance representing
the identification of the Christian with the death,
burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You are
"crucified" (standing in water), you are "buried"
(immersed into the water), and you are "resurrected into
life" (raised out of the water) Rom. 6:3-5. We are not
saved by baptism, but by faith in Jesus Christ (1 John
1:7) (Col 1:14). Jesus did not die for his own sins; he
had none. Instead, by a transaction that we may never
fully understand, he died for the sins of the world.
When we commit our lives to Christ and thus identify
ourselves with him, his death becomes ours. He has paid
the penalty for our sins, and his blood has purified us.
1. Baptism is established by God (John 1:33).
It is an example shown by our Lord (Mathew 3:16).
It is the last commandment (Mathew 28:18-20).
is the decision by God (Luke 7:30).
5. It is a
doctrine (Acts 2:38).
6. It is good conscious to the
Lord (1Pet 3:21).
7. It is the righteousness of God
intentional and worshipful in your approach to this
ordinance. Make it special.
I give this
instruction a week before the Baptizm.
the day of your Baptism, you will need to bring 2 towels
and a change of clothes. While being Baptised
plan to wear loose-fitting clothes that cover your arms
baptismal candidates an opportunity to share their new
birth experience with you before you baptize them. If the
testimony is unclear, take the opportunity to lead them
through a clear profession right then. Explain that you
love them and want them to have complete confidence, in
the years to come, that their decision was valid. Most
will appreciate the opportunity to nail down this
Invite family and
friends of baptismal candidates to the baptismal
service. The baptismal service presents a wonderful
opportunity for testimony.
prebaptism session, explain the beautiful symbolism of
baptism. Explain them that it is a picture of
the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Explain
that when they go under the water the end of the old
life is pictured and as they come up out of the water it
is a picture of the beginning of new life in Christ. Ask
them to focus their thoughts on these beautiful pictures
during the baptism itself.
During the prebaptism
session, explain the mechanics of the baptismal
service. Many new believers have never seen a person
baptized. Show them the baptismal pool. Explain how and
where they should stand and how they should position
their hands. Some pastors prefer that the candidate fold
his or her hands together at about chest height. Others
ask the candidate to grasp the wrist of the pastor.
As the person to be baptized stands in the
water with the pastor, ask those who are family
and friends of the person to stand. Then invite others
in the congregation to stand with the person. As these
are standing, lead a special prayer for this person.
Place your left hand on the back or shoulder
of the person to be baptized.
Ask the person
to bend his or her knees as you lower the person into
the water. Pause for a second (literally) just as the
person's back is floating on the surface of the water.
Just before the person is immersed, gently close their
nostrils with your fingers. Lower the person just until
the face is under the water. Then gently raise the
person out of the water.
Some pastors quote an
appropriate Scripture as the person is immersed and
raised. For example, you might say, "Buried with
Him by baptism unto death," as you lower the person,
and, "Raised to walk in newness of life," as
you raise the person from the water. Close with prayer.