Dear Baptismal Candidate:
Praise the Lord of Salvation, Jesus Christ!
Congratulations for making the best decision of your life in accepting Jesus Christ as your
Savior and your Lord. We want to encourage you to take the next step in your new life in
Christ and, according to His instruction in Acts 2:38, "Repent, and let each of you be
baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…”
Just as Christ died and was resurrected from the dead, through water baptism, we die to sin
and are raised to life in Christ Jesus (Rom. 6:4-10). Because you die to sin, it is no longer
you that lives, but Christ the Savior lives in you (Gal. 2:20). Therefore, you are an
ambassador for Jesus; a minister of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19-20); so because Jesus set
the example for us in Mt. 3:13-17, we should also follow his example and do as he did
Baptism is a pledge of a good conscience toward God. It symbolizes the washing away of
the old sinful man; and symbolically the new man is made alive with Jesus. As Jesus set
the example by His baptism, we follow in His steps by our baptism. You may be rededicating your life to the Lord and may have been baptized in the past. You can be re-baptized as a sign of returning to the Lord and recommitment to Him.
As God called you into the Body of Christ, we encourage you to stay in the body. In
John 15:1-8, Jesus tells us to remain in Him, so we don't wither away and die. Outside of
the Body there is death, but in the Body there is life, joy and peace. We welcome you into
the Body of Christ. May your new life in Christ Jesus be richly blessed (Rom.10:12).
At RCH we recognize the Commission from Jesus to go and make disciples and baptize in his name. Therefore we recognize that the baptizer does not have to be the pastor, but can be someone special to you within the church (i.e., parent, spouse, church leader, etc). Note: Please be in touch with the person you want to baptize you to insure they will be present.
You are encouraged to invite family and friends to share in this special day.
Wear something comfortable. (Example: jeans, dark T-shirt, flip flops)
You will need to bring a change of clothes and a towel (also a hairdryer if desired). Remember this is a full immersion baptism, so your hair will get wet.
Note: Ladies: No white T-shirts, No shorts
Men: No tank tops
IMPORTANT: We will meet in the second room on the left of the main hall promptly at 9:30 AM on the day of your baptism. Please make every effort to be on time and ask the person who will baptize you to meet with you there also. A minister or elder will meet and talk with you briefly.
Please call Nancy Pressly (828) 612-7116 if you have any questions.
This is a very special time in the life of a believer and we look forward to sharing it with you.
In His Service,
Apostle Steve M Deitz,