The Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism is a ritual that welcomes an individual into the covenant family of faith, the church. Through this ritual, we signify the forgiveness we receive through the grace of Jesus Christ, as we share in his death and resurrection. Baptism doesn’t make you a believer – it shows that you already trust in God’s grace.
“By our baptisms then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead…so also we may live a new life!” – Romans 6:4
Baptism at Northminster
- Baptism is celebrated in the gathered community of the church in corporate worship, generally on the second Sunday of each month.
- At Northminster, we baptize by “sprinkling” instead of full immersion with the three-part blessing “in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
- Adults and youth who have not been baptized receive this sacrament following instruction in a membership class when they make their public profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
- Northminster Presbyterian Church accepts the baptisms of all Christian churches. When those already baptized make their own profession of faith in Christ they are not re-baptized, but become confirmed members of the church.
- Northminster baptizes the infants of parents who acknowledge Jesus as Lord. When infants are baptized, the parents, at least one of whom is an active member of Northminster, and the congregation pledge to raise the children under the ministry and guidance of the church until they accept the gift of salvation for themselves, and make their public profession of faith in Christ.
- Before baptism, parents meet with a pastor to discuss the theology of baptism and what it means in the life of their family. Following discussion, the pastor will present a request for baptism to the Session for approval. Typically, this process can be completed in one month.
- It is acceptable that some parents will choose not to have their children baptized so that they may make that decision when they are of confirmation age.
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