We do not baptize infants at UBC, however, we do believe that having a special time set aside to bless and dedicate your child is honoring to the Lord. If you are interested in dedicating your baby or child in a special part of our service, please contact us.

Sun, September 24

Baptism - Your Next Step

Baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony to the basics of Christian beliefs. We baptize by immersion (i.e. we put your whole body under the water and bring you back up) because it is not only the original significance of the word but also best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points—our death and resurrection in Christ.

If you have not been baptized following salvation and are interested in taking this step of obedience we encourage you to contact us so we can assist you with this important celebration. To help prepare you, we will schedule you to meet with an elder. The meeting is an opportunity to discuss the biblical significance of baptism, frequently asked questions and gives you an opportunity to share your testimony with our leadership. 

Once you've met with our elders, we'll schedule a time to videotape your salvation story and confession of Christ so it can be played at your baptism. We'll also schedule a date and let you know so you can invite anyone who is important to you to be there.


Why Should I Be Baptized?

Baptism is symbolic of death and rebirth, a sort of phoenix being reborn from the ashes. The watery grave buries the old sinner, and when you rise, you rise a new person in Christ. And as Christians, it’s taken very seriously. Without attempting to justify any particular position, it is important to assert that baptism is in some mysterious sense a “means of grace,” in which God sanctifies and encourages His people. The ceremony is both a solemn and a joyful one, where we recognize that the Holy Spirit is involved and present at the baptism of each person. Afterwards, we generally have a meal together, celebrating the choice you’ve made, and your inclusion in the global church family, whether or not you've committed to membership here.

MATTHEW 28:18–20 
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 

ACTS 2:37–41 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. 

ACTS 22:16 And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name. 
                     1. To obey the commands of Christ 
                     2. To evidence that a person is a disciple of Christ
                     3. To follow the example of Christ

Baptism is not merely a responsibility but also a privilege. We have the opportunity to evidence our trust in and love for our King through obedience in this ordinance. If we think of baptism as a mere burden, we have not properly understood the joy of following Christ in the call to be baptized. We should have a similar response as the Ethiopian eunuch who, when he believed the gospel, proclaimed, “What prevents me from being baptized?” It should be our joy, and we should eagerly anticipate our participation in the ordinance. 

The desire to be baptized should be motivated by a desire to glorify God in faithful obedience. Any other motivation (to join a particular local church, to please a friend or family member, etc.) should not be the ultimate reason for seeking to be baptized.