Who Should Be Baptised?

Christians believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his or her sin.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, then you are ready to be baptised. Just like a bride and groom show others their love for one another by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is your opportunity to show others that you have accepted Christ and are now walking with him.

If you have any questions about how to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, please contact us.

What Baptism Symbolises

Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

It symbolises what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:

  • You accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
  • You shared in his death and resurrection, illustrated through baptism by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life).
  • You were symbolically washed clean, and your sins were forgiven by his death on the cross.

Because Jesus instructed us to be baptised, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God. We immerse because we believe Scripture shows that Jesus modelled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in him.

Infant Christening

Some denominations choose to christen infants. While we recognise the right of other churches to practise infant christening, we understand Scripture to teach that only professing believers qualify for baptism. Baptism does not make you a believer; rather, it shows that you already believe.  Infant dedication is a common practice at FBC.  This is where Parents give thanks to God for the gift of their child.  In Dedication, Parents dedicate themselves to God, promising to bring up the child within the Christian Faith.  The community of the church also dedicate themselves to the Parents and Child, offering suport, love and care.



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