What is Baptism? When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the next step is to make a public declaration of the best decision we will ever make. Baptism is that declaration. It is an outward sign of what has already taken place on the inside. Baptism doesn’t save us, it is an act of obedience that Jesus commands us to do after salvation. As we are baptized in water, we are saying “goodbye” to our old life (self) and as we rise out of the water we are saying “hello” to our new life in Christ.
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. (Luke 3:21 NIV)
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)
For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. (Colossians 2:12 NLT)
Who may get baptized? Anyone over 7 years of age who has accepted Jesus as their Savior. It is important to obey what Jesus commanded with a good understanding of the spiritual and scriptural basis for baptism. Without this knowledge and understanding, water baptism is simply a meaningless ritual. Don’t worry, we can help with this! Children 7 years and under may be dedicated to the Lord at Lift. [more on dedications]
Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. (Acts 2:41)
And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized. (Acts 18:8)
Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:1-11, NLT)
How do baptisms happen at Lift Church? In the Greek, to “baptize” means to “cover wholly with a fluid, to dip or to fully immerse” so at Lift Church, we believe baptism should be by full immersion in water. We use a local hotel with an indoor pool for our baptism services.
After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. (Matthew 3:16 NLT)
Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized. (John 3:23)
Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River… (Mark 1:5)
When can I get baptized? Lift Church schedules baptisms periodically throughout the year. They typically happen right after a designated Baptism Sunday Service.
- Wear dark colored items because white or light colored clothing becomes transparent when wet!
- Bring a towel and a change of clothes.
Baptism Signup (*required)
What is a Child Dedication? It’s a time to thank God for your precious gift and to make a public commitment to the Lord and your church family that you will model Biblical principals as you raise your child according to God’s ways. A dedication and blessing is prayed over each child and family. In Samuel 1:27-38, Hannah dedicated her son Samuel to the Lord. In Luke 2:22, Jesus was dedicated to the Lord as a baby and then later baptized as an adult.
Does it involve baptism? Child dedication at LIFT does not involve water or baptism. We believe that water baptism should only take place after a person has expressed their belief in Jesus, has full knowledge of what water baptism represents and then wants to publicly display that decision. [more on baptism]
Who may dedicate their child at LIFT? Dedications are open to all who call LIFT their home church and who are in agreement with modeling biblical principals in raising their child. Dedications are typically for children 5 years and under but older children may certainly be dedicated to the Lord as well. It is a great time to invite your friends and relatives so they can take pictures and video for you!
When can I get my child dedicated? LIFT schedules dedications periodically throughout the year as we have families ready to dedicate their child to the Lord.