"For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ" (Col. 2:12).
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
1. It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.
"Christ died for our sins... He was buried... and He rose again." I Cor. 15:3-4
"For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ." Col. 2:12
2. It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
"When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!" 2 Cor. 5:17
"By our baptism 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!" Rom. 6:4
WHY BAPTISM BY IMMERSION?
1. Because Jesus was baptized that way.
"As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water." Matt. 3:16
2. Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
(Example) "...then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water..." Acts 8:38-39
The word Baptize means "to dip under or to immerse under water". It best identifies us with our burial and resurrection to new life.
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
1. Every person who believes in Christ.
"Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized..." Acts 2:41
"Simon himself believed and was baptized..." Acts 8:13
"But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News... and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." Acts 8:12
2. At TCCC, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
Some churches practice a "baptism of confirmation" for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed.
This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ. At TCCC, it is a membership requirement that every member must have been baptized the way Jesus demonstrated, even though many of us were "confirmed" as children.
Can My Family Be Baptized Together?
Yes! If each family member understands fully the meaning of baptism and has a personal desire for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. Young children who wish to be baptized are asked to meet with our children’s minister for a pre-baptism conversation. However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your need to be baptized.
When Can I Be Baptized?
We perform baptisms at any of our Sunday services. In cases where baptism on Sunday is not possible, we can make arrangements with you to be baptized at another time during the week.
Who Should Baptize Me?
All of our ministers perform baptism. Any Christian who has been obedient to the teachings of the Bible concerning baptism may baptize another.