What Is Baptism?

Baptism is water and the words of Jesus. In baptism we are claimed for Jesus Christ. It is a holy moment in which someone is welcomed into Emmanuel congregation, the worldwide Christian church and is adopted by our Heavenly Father as his own child. Being baptised at Emmanuel isn’t about being baptised “Lutheran”, it is about being marked as a saved child of God.

Baptism For Adults And Teens

If you are thinking of getting baptised we are excited for you! We’d like to find a group of people to support you as you prepare and to help you learn more about Jesus. Team members can include friends, anyone you respect or admire of your age and should also include someone more mature in faith who can support you in the journey to come. If you are ready to follow through a life with Christ then you are ready!

Baptism For Babies And Children

Before you can come for a baptism at Emmanuel you need to meet with our pastor, who will share with you the promises that you will be called upon to make on the day of your child’s baptism. Because baptism is a huge gift from God we don’t take it lightly. And we ask that you don’t either. Because of grace (God’s unconditional love for sinners) we don’t say “no” to requests for baptism. But a natural part of Baptism is learning about Jesus and following him in your life. So we encourage you to connect with Emmanuel and join with us in worship. Because it’s about being welcomed into the Christian community, we usually baptise at a worship service of the church.

What Are Godparents?

In the Christian church godparents take a spiritual role in helping a young person grow in faith. This can’t be done unless godparents themselves have an alive faith in Christ. So it’s important for godparents to be learning about Christ and growing spiritually. If you’ve been asked to be a godparent, then this is a call from God to develop your faith! When an adult gets baptised (perhaps this is you?) they also publicly declare their faith and promise to follow Christ. When a child is being baptised we ask parents and godparents to promise that they will help the child learn of Jesus and guide them towards the ‘confirmation’ of their faith. The baptism promises mean that you will include Christ in your everyday life and relationships. They include bringing the child to worship to learn and grow in faith.

What The Bible Says About Baptism:

Matthew 28:18-20

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, baptising 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.”

1 Peter 3:20-21

In Noah’s ark only eight people were saved from drowning in the flood. And this is a symbol of baptism, which now saves you by the power of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Baptism is not a removal of dirt from your body; it is a clean conscience before God.

Romans 6:4-5

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. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.

If you’re interested in baptism please contact us.