What is baptism?
Baptism is an outward sign of an inward change. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Baptism has been a Christian symbol since the time of Jesus. It involved applying water to Christians to symbolize their death to the old way of life (Romans 6:3-4) and their new life God provides (Galatians 3:26-27). Baptism, a sacramental “means of grace,” seals one’s intention to follow God (Acts 2:37-41, 8:35-39, 10:44-48). The Bible never defines how much water was applied or how. Therefore, the Church of the Nazarene considers immersion, sprinkling, and pouring all to be acceptable methods of baptism.
The Church of the Nazarene also understand baptism to be a symbol of the new relationship God establishes with His people. Because of this, some members of Nazarene churches choose to have their young children baptized as a symbol of their intention to raise their children in God’s Church and their hope to see that their children choose God’s ways when they are older.
Interested in baptism?
If you are interested in being baptized at Minot First Church please fill out the form below and one of our pastors will contact as soon as possible.