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Thanks for taking the step of faith to consider baptism by immersion (getting totally dunked in water from head to toe)! We realize that your decision is a step of faith based on obedience to God and His Word. It is our great desire that this experience will be meaningful for you now, as well as provide a starting point for even deeper levels of obedience in the future.

This page is designed to give you a biblical overview of baptism by immersion before you are baptized. We ask that you complete the included form, and submit it to the elders for review.

Here are some guidelines if you are completing this with your child(ren):

  • We are often asked by parents “when is my child old enough to be baptized?” Baptism is not based on a specific age, but on understanding and application of the Gospel. If your child understands the gospel of Jesus Christ and believes it for themselves, they are likely ready.
  • If your child is capable of understanding that baptism is an outward expression of the inward work of God in their heart, they are probably very ready.
  • If your child is walking in a way that is consistent with the standards of God’s Word, confessing sin and growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus…they are definitely ready.

If you have questions about baptism or would like to talk about it more in person, please reach out to one of the elders of the church.

What is Baptism?

Baptism is a symbol. In other words, being baptized is an outward way of showing people that something has happened to us on the inside! Let’s look at what happens on the inside when we are saved.

The Dirty Truth

We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.

Isaiah 64:6, NLT

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Romans 3:23, NLT

Based on these verses, how would you answer the following questions?

Coming Clean

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

1 John 1:9, NLT

Based on this verse, how would you answer the following questions?

Confession is admitting that we have done something wrong and asking someone to forgive us. In this case, it is God to whom we must confess. When we “come clean” by confessing our sins to God and asking Him to forgive us, he does! That verse says he forgives us and washes us clean on the inside – the part we cannot clean on our own.

An Iconic Event

As we mentioned, baptism is a symbol. We are not forgiven by being baptized; we are baptized to symbolize that we have been forgiven. Baptism does not give us a new life with God, but because we have surrendered our lives to God we become baptized as a response to our new life with God. The following are some verses that talk about what baptism symbolizes:

For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.

Colossians 2:12, NLT

Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

Romans 6:3-4, NLT

The word “baptize” means to immerse, or to get completely dunked. The verses you read compare baptism (being dunked under the water and then raised out of the water) to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Based on the verses you just read, how would finish the following statements?

More Than a Good Idea

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [

Matthew 28:19-20, NLT

Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38, NLT

Based on these verses, how would you answer these statements?

Everyone who is a follower of Jesus should be baptized. Being baptized is so important, that even Jesus was baptized:

One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”

Mark 1:0-11, NLT

If we are Jesus-followers, we should certainly be willing to follow the example of Jesus by being baptized by immersion!

Who Can Be Baptized?

Can anybody be baptized? Could a friend tag along with you to the baptism service and jump in the water with you? Let’s see what scripture has to say:

Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

Acts 2:41, NLT

So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus. As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?” He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

Acts 8:35-36,38, NLT

Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and everyone in his household believed in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also heard Paul, became believers, and were baptized.

Acts 18:18, NLT

But now the people believed Philip’s message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized. Then Simon himself believed and was baptized.

Acts 8:12-13, NLT

According to the verses you just read, how would you answer these questions?

Doing good things for others is wonderful, but not a reason to be baptized. Since baptism is a public profession of faith in Jesus, an infant would not understand their dirtiness from sin, nor how to ask God to forgive them for that sin. If baptism is for those that hear and believe in Jesus, then only those that are old enough to understand and confess their sins should be baptized.

What About You?

Baptism is a personal commitment, so let’s talk about you for a minute:

STOP! If you were not comfortable answering “Yes” to all those questions, or if you are not sure what they mean, please talk to one of the elders!

Your Story

As you have seen from the Bible verses, people heard the message of Jesus, accepted it, then were baptized. Every one of the thousands of people baptized in the early church had a story to tell. Their story included when and how they heard about Jesus; and their story told about changes in their life because of Jesus.

Affirmation

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes...

Romans 1:16a, NLT

I would like to be baptized. I am sorry for my sin. I believe Jesus died for my sins so that I can be cleansed from them. I have asked God to forgive me for my sins and I desire to follow His commands. It is my desire to spend the rest of my life learning how to love God and others and to share the good news of Jesus as often as God gives me the opportunity.

If you agree with this statement, sign below:

Next Steps

Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all. All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.

Acts 2:41-42, NLT

The next step after baptism is to honor God by being committed to the things that make Him happy. In this passage, at least four things are mentioned that the early Jesus-followers committed to:

  • Apostles’ teaching (the bible)
  • Fellowship (being a family with other Jesus-followers)
  • Sharing meals (doing life together)
  • Prayer (talking and listening to God)

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North Country Fellowship Church
NCF was started in 1987 to minister to the growing population of Fort Drum and Jefferson County. Located in Carthage, just minutes away from Ft Drum, Lowville and Watertown, it is a blended congregation of local and military folks, single soldiers, young families and grandparents.