See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. [Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.]
We want to help every follower of Jesus obey his command to be baptized (Matthew 28:19). If you have trusted Christ but have not yet been baptized as a believer, the Baptism Class will help answer your questions and prepare you for this step in following Christ.
Upcoming Baptism Classes:
- Downtown: Dec 16 (Monday)
Is there a young person in your family who is ready to express faith through baptism? Find out about how Bethlehem prepares young people for baptism. Read more.
What Is Baptism?
Baptism is a visible symbol of God's saving work within a person. It is the outward sign of belonging to the people of God—those who have repented and put their faith in Jesus Christ. You should be baptized if these two conditions describe you: 1) You have repented of your sins and believed on Christ alone for salvation. 2) You have not already been baptized as a believer by immersion.
How Do I Get Baptized at Bethlehem?
- Attend a Baptism Class. This 2-hour class is held monthly and rotates between our different campuses. See our calendar to view upcoming classes.
- Meet with an elder for a baptism interview. Following the baptism class, you will talk to an elder. He will listen to your story of how the Lord drew you to himself and confirm that your understanding of baptism is accurate.
- Get baptized. Most often, baptisms are held as a part of our Wednesday Connection services (and sometimes during a Sunday morning worship service).
To begin the process, contact Amy Katterson (612-746-2650 x651) for more information.
What to Expect When Getting Baptized
Though there may be some variations, here is the basic schedule of a baptism service:
- The pastor meets with baptism candidates 45 minutes before the ceremony to distribute baptism robes, talk through the ceremony, and allow time to get changed.
- At the beginning of the baptism service, the pastor will say a devotional word about baptism.
- The pastor will ask the candidates to join him at the front to share their names, their testimonies, and why they want to be baptized.
- The candidates join the pastor one at a time at the baptismal pool.
- The pastor will ask three questions of each candidate:
- Are you now trusting in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins and the fulfillment of all God's promises to you, even eternal life?
- Do you forsake Satan and all his works and all his ways?
- Do you intend with God's help to obey Jesus' teaching and follow him as your Lord?
- The pastor will then say these words of baptism and immerse the candidate: "On the profession of your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and in obedience to his command, I now baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
- After everyone has been baptized, the pastor generally will invite people to come forward and pray in huddles around the baptized people.
- The pastor closes with prayer.
Baptism for Young People
The special Youth Baptism procedure should be followed for anyone who is under 18. Parents of youth or young people (17 and younger) interested in baptism and/or membership please see the Youth Baptism Brochure & Schedule. If you have questions or a special situation, please contact Beth McElyea (612-338-7653 x480).