We are so excited about the interest you have in pursuing baptism. We are here to walk with you on this journey. We would like to help you as much as we can through this important process. Please see the information below to help you answer any questions you may have about baptism here at Victory.
VICTORY'S VIEW ON BAPTISM
Baptism is a positive command. Depending on whom you ask, you will hear different traditions, teachings and opinions on the subject of baptism. Though there are multiple opinions, there is only one truth that really matters - The truth revealed in the Bible. Victory strives to model itself in accordance to the scriptures.
At Victory, we practice baptism of the repentant believer by immersion in water. We do immersion baptism because that's the way Jesus did it, the New Testament church did it, and we are commanded to do it.
The act of immersion symbolizes, according to the teaching of scripture, the burial of the old self and the resurrection of a new life with Christ.
WHEN SHOULD WE BE BAPTIZED?
A person should be baptized at the time he or she puts their faith in Jesus Christ. The bible teaches that we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). In the New Testament Church, a person's baptism was always the first expression of faith, not separate from it. At Victory, we ask that a person be baptized at the point that he or she is ready to make a commitment to Christ.
SHOULD A PERSON EVER BE RE-BAPTIZED?
Any person who has trusted in Jesus Christ as the only Son of God and who has been willingly immersed into Christ may become a member of Victory, whether the baptism occurred at Victory or elsewhere. Re-baptism is allowed for those who may lack confidence in their initial baptism experience, or if their heart was not right with God at the time. Anyone who has fallen into sin after having been baptized should repent and seek forgiveness, but re-baptism is not necessary (Acts 8:13-24).
MUST A PERSON BE BAPTIZED DURING A WORSHIP SERVICE?
No. In fact, the biblical model was "immediately" (Acts 8:38, 16:33), yet baptisms during worship services are encouraged at Victory because they provide the opportunity to testify your faith and show humility.
We give an invitation towards the end of each of our services for those individuals who are wanting to accept Christ and be baptized to come forward and do so. It helps us to be more prepared if you are able to let us know you wish to be baptized beforehand, but this is not a required step to be baptized.
Ultimately, you can be baptized at anytime. We know this is an extremely important decision in your faith, and we are willing to work with your schedule the best that we can. Just let us know when works best for you.
WHAT IS MY NEXT STEP?
If you are ready to be baptized, or would like more information concerning baptism, you can fill out an information form HERE, or contact one of our ministers through the office at (317) 736-8364.
Specific Contacts are:
Zach Wilkins, Student Minister, firstname.lastname@example.org
Evan Denief, Children's Minister, email@example.com