Why should I be baptized?
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” Matthew 28:18-20. This scripture is Jesus’ last instructions to His disciples before He ascended to heaven, and we believe that these are important commands that we should follow, as disciples of Christ.
When should I be baptized?
“Those who accepted this message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Acts 2:41. Water baptism should be the first step of faith after deciding to follow Jesus.
How should I be baptized?
As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment, heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him.” Matthew 3:16. Webster defines bury as “to hide or cover.” Only immersion fulfills this definition. The definition of the Greek word used here, baptizo, is to make fully wet, and so we practice full immersion baptism.
Since water baptism is for “whoever believes” [Mark 16:16], Westside church does not water baptize babies or small children. We do conduct a service of dedication upon the request of the parents. During the baby dedication, a special prayer is offered on behalf of both the child and the parents invoking God’s blessing and protection. This act of dedication is significant because it gave public testimony that the parents have given their child to God and have gone before the church stating that they will endeavor to raise the child in the admonition of the Lord. Arrangements for dedication must be made by completing and returning the Baby Dedication Request Form at least 4 weeks prior to the requested dedication date. The age of the baby for dedication is 6 weeks to 18 months. Complete the baby dedication form.