So You've Been Asked to Baptise Someone?
So you’ve been asked to baptize someone?
Congratulations on being asked by someone we both love to participate in this very special time in their life! I’m sending this to you because we want to be of one mind in helping our friend be completely obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ. Here’s a quick Q/A to help everyone.
Who should baptize? Only baptized disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ can officiate baptisms because only disciples are authorized to fulfill the Great Commission.
You might be thinking: Shouldn’t only priests or ministers do this?
The answer is: YES ... but different from what you might be used to.
At Grace, we believe the Bible teaches incontrovertibly regarding the “priesthood of the believer” – that every member is a minister.
If you need more explanation about this, please contact Sean Lee at 575-317-4658. The baptismal officiate should be very sure of their responsibilities.
How should I prepare? We encourage you to take this time to recognize your part in the history of God’s mission on earth. For over 2,000 years, disciples have been making and baptizing disciples. You’re a part of that process. This is not an insignificant thing.
In terms of the actual process, we’ll give you some tips right before. The main thing is to just make sure you arrive on time. Most baptismal candidates come to the first service, then receive baptism between services promptly at 10:15.
One more thing: They asked you because you are an example to them. We encourage you to use this opportunity to take it to the next level of your own examples. How can you demonstrate for them greater maturity, love, service, and sacrifice for the Body of Christ? Remember: we’re called to be more than just believers – we’re belongers.
What do I say? Below is a simple protocol to exchange with your baptismal candidate. Other than that, that’s it! Enjoy the day! Thank you for doing your part in fulfilling the Great Commission!
____________, you have presented yourself before your church to profess your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ:
Do you believe with all your heart that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and have you made him the Lord and Savior of your life? (response)
Based on that good confession, it is my privilege to baptize you my brother/sister in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Buried with Christ in baptism ...
Raised to walk in the newness of life!