Baptism

Joyfully we welcome you into the Body of Christ through the sacrament of baptism!

Baptism for Infants & Children  Believer Baptism for Students & Adults

 

What is the purpose of baptism?

Water cleanses, purifies, refreshes, and sustains:  Baptism points us towards Jesus Christ who is the Living Water. Through Baptismal Waters we are baptized “into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” The Father seals us into His covenant of grace; the Son washes away our sins through His cleansing blood; and the Holy Spirit promises that He will dwell in us. Baptism is an outward sign and seal of accepting this beautiful gift! We believe new believers are called to be baptized as well as infants and children. Although children do not understand these truths, they are to be baptized as heirs of the Kingdom of God and of His covenant (Genesis 17:7, Acts 2:39).

Baptism is the sign and seal of God’s promise to His sons and daughters. At the baptismal waters, through grace alone, God promises:

God promises to forgive our sins.

Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” (Acts 2:38)

God promises to adopt us into the Body of Christ.

“But to all who received Him, who believed in His name, He gave power to become children of God, who were born, no of blood or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13) 

God promises to send the Holy Spirit daily to renew and cleanse us.

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4&5)

God promises to resurrect us to eternal life.

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4&5)

 

What is the believer’s response to baptism?

Through baptism Jesus calls us to new obedience. We are called to love and trust God completely, to reject the evil of the world and live a new and holy life. “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore, we have been buried with Him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4)

What is Third Church’s response to baptism?

Third Church holds eight Baptism Services a year.  Baptism candidates are required to attend a baptism class to prepare them for the Baptism Service and meet with elders.  The Third Church Family promises to love and support baptized brothers and sisters by providing transformational teaching of the Word of God, encouraging believers to be led by the Holy Spirit, be an example of Christian faith and character, and by providing the strong support of God’s family in fellowship, discipleship, prayer and service.

 

Baptism for Infants & Children

 

Class & Elder Meeting

This class serves as a bridge between church and home and covers the sacredness of infant baptism, Third Church’s spiritual formation plan for infant-12th graders and prepares families for the Baptism Service. We believe that parents of infant and children being baptized, accept God's promises on behalf of the child. A meeting with a Third Church elder will be part of this class. At least one parent must be a Third Church member to request baptism.

If you have already attended class for a previous child, you will not need to attend class but will still need to meet with an elder. Please email Katie Peterson to set up this meeting.

Class Information

Still have questions? Use the staff links below to contact us with questions about baptism at Third or the baptism process.

Katie Peterson | Life Stages Pastor
Keith Korver | Executive Director of Ministry

Believer Baptism: Students & Adults

 

Class & Elder Meeting

The first step in this process is that you accept Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. Next you will register and attend the Believer Baptism class which will prepare you for the upcoming Baptism Service. As part of this class, you will be meeting with an Elder of Third Church.


Class Information 

Still have questions? Use the staff links below to contact us with questions about baptism at Third or the baptism process.

Katie Peterson | Life Stages Pastor
Keith Korver | Executive Director of Ministry