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Water Baptism

Water Baptism - What it is, why it's important and how you can experience it

"Then he said, 'Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God's good news to one and all. Whoever believes and is baptized is saved.'" -- Mark 16:16 (The Message Bible)

In the days of the early church hundreds of people came to believe in Jesus Christ and almost as quickly were baptized in water as a visible sign of their internal commitment.  At Portland Christian Center as soon as you make a commitment to be a follower of Christ, we would encourage you to participate in one of our Baptism services.

We offer opportunities to be Baptized every quarter; however, at times we have so many people requesting to take this NEXT STEP in their walk with Christ that we schedule time in our morning services as needed.

If you would like to take this NEXT STEP please click on the link below and/or contact Pastor Joel Slater at 503-245-7735. 

I Want To Be Baptized!

Our Next Water Baptism Dates:

  • January 21, 2018
  • March 25, 2018
  • July 15, 2018
  • September 23, 2018
  1. Water Baptism is a very special event in your walk of faith and we want it to be a wonderful experience for you. Because of this all Baptism candidates must attend our Baptism class at 9:15 AM in room 227 on the day you are to be baptized. Attendance at the informational class is required in order for you to participate in the Baptism experience at 10:30 AM.
  2. It is important to notify us of your interest in participating in Baptism by the deadlines listed above. The "I want to be Baptized" button links you to a brief questionnaire that helps us to learn about your story and your walk with Christ. We will use your information to tell your testimony to the congregation on the day you are baptized.
  3. Any registrations submitted after the deadline will be scheduled for the next Baptism date. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

What We Believe About Water Baptism:

As you consider being baptized, most people will typically have many questions. While not every question may be answered in these pages, those most commonly asked will be addressed and answered from God's Word. We encourage you to take time to read all Bible passages for yourself in your own Bible.

Why are we Baptized?

Because we want to follow Christ's example.

    “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” --  Mark 1:9

    Because Christ commanded it.

      Jesus said, “Go then, to all people every where and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” -- Matthew 28:19-20

      Because it shows you are a believer.

        “...Many of the Corinthians who heard Him believed and were baptized.” -- Acts 18:8

        Because obeying Christ's command shows you know Him.

          “We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.” -- 1 John 2:3

          How are we to be Baptized?

          Like Jesus was baptized—by being immersed in water.

            “As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” -- Matthew 3:16

            Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.

              “...then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water...” --  Acts 8:38,39

              The word “Baptise” literally means, “to dip under water.” The Greek word “baptizo” means, “to immerse or dip under water.”

              What is the meaning of Baptism?

              It is the symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection.

                “Christ died for our sins. He was buried and He rose again.” --  I Corinthians 15:3,4

                By our baptism then we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead also we might live a new life!

                Baptism does not make you a believer. It shows that you are one!

                Baptism does not “save” you; only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring—it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart.

                  “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith...it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast." -- Ephesians 2:8-9

                  It is a symbol of your 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!” II Corinthians 5:17

                    Who should be Baptized?

                    Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ.

                    “For when you are baptized you are buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” --  Colossians 2:12
                    “Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized both men and women.” Acts 2:41
                    “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
                    “Simon himself believed and was baptized...” Acts 8:13

                    The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ.

                    We do not baptize children until they are old enough to understand and believe.

                      When are we to be Baptized?

                      As soon as you have believed! You shouldn’t delay.

                        “Those who believed...were baptized...that day!” -- Acts 2:41
                        “Then Philip began with the Scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, ‘look here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now?’ Philip said, ‘if you believe with all your heart, you may.’ The official answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” --  Acts 8:36-39 (paraphrase)

                        Are you Ready?

                        If you would like to take this NEXT STEP please click on the link below and/or contact Pastor Joel Slater at 503-245-7735.

                        I Want To Be Baptized!