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Sunday, August 13, 2017
Meet at Tower 33, La Jolla Shores
For Adults and Students 12+ | Are You Ready to Be Baptized?
Baptism is for believers. Believers realize that their sin separates them from God and they have given up all efforts to reach God through good works or religious activity. They have concluded that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that can bridge the gap between them and God. As a believer they have decided to trust Christ alone for their salvation. If you have come to that point in your spiritual journey, then you are ready to be baptized. Let the invisible miracle that has happened in you show.
Baptism is an outward act of an inward decision. Baptism does not save…it “reflects” that I am forgiven, that I have put my faith and trust in Jesus alone for my salvation.
Baptism signifies a confession of complete faith in Christ. It is a symbol of your union with Jesus Christ and a realization that the Holy Spirit has entered your life. It symbolizes death to sin and a new life in righteousness. 1 Peter 3:21, Romans 6:1-11.
There are many reasons to be baptized and these are a few of them:
1) Follows Jesus’ example: John 3:13-17 – One day, when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized.
2) Act of obedience: Acts 2:38 – Peter replied, “Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.”
3) Identifies you with a local body of believers: Acts 2:41 – Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church – about three thousand in all.
Scripture says parents brought children to Jesus – not for baptism, but to pray for them. Infant baptism was not because of your decision, it was your parents! This is a time for you to declare your own personal decision to follow Christ! We also celebrate child dedication – a commitment by parents to Follow Jesus’ example. Learn More
The Bible is clear—belief and baptism were always together. Thus, “when we believe” is the right time to be baptized. If you “believed” some time back and were not baptized, then this should become a priority for you to fulfill what God asks you do in the Bible.
At CRB, we baptize youth beginning in the sixth grade as we believe this is the approximate age a person is able to make a well-thought-out public declaration of their faith in Jesus and thus desire to follow Him.
Baptize is derived from the original Greek word of the New Testament which literally meant to immerse in water. You will meet the pastor in the pool/ocean and he/she will ask you a question regarding your decision to accept Christ. After you answer, the pastor will immerse you into the water. This is a representation of dying to oneself and being raised anew in Christ. Afterwards, you will be directed out of the water.
Men and women are advised to wear a dark shirt, shorts, and slip off shoes. Please wear these clothes to the service and bring a towel and change of clothing for afterward.
Bring: Change of clothes, towel.
After your testimony is submitted, a pastor will call to go over any questions and details. ￼
In recognition of the responsibility and privilege of parenting, and to demonstrate our support as you raise your children, The Church at Rancho Bernardo invites families to participate in a service of dedication whereby God’s blessing is formally invoked upon the parents and children, and parents make a public commitment to provide a nurturing home where their child will have an opportunity to learn about Jesus and His amazing love. Offered twice annually.
Sample Child Dedication Blessing Note to your Child
Ideas to help you form your own letter. Please pray and let the Lord lead you.
Sample Scripture verses: Romans 5, 1 Peter 4:10, 3 John 1:4, John 6:47, 1 Timothy 4:12
To Our Precious ______
We feel so privileged to be entrusted with such a wonderful gift. God has given us the opportunity to raise, shape and mold you into the person He envisioned. Today is special because we are dedicating your life to the Lord. May His constant presence in your life help to guide you in all of your decisions.
With Love, Your parents