Through baptism you are adopted as a child of God and experience God’s extravagant love as you become “part of God’s family” and the Christian community, the Church.
Sacrament of Baptism
The Lutheran church includes infant baptisms because we believe that baptism is God’s action not ours. Wherever you are in your faith journey, we welcome you to bring your child to be baptized. Older children or adults who have not been baptized are encouraged to do so and to confess their faith in God.
You do not need to be a current member in order to have your child baptized at Faith † Journey Lutheran Church. It is important to note that as your child or you are baptized, one becomes a member of Faith † Journey. As we receive new members at a later date, you as a parent may want to join your child in membership and partnership with us in ministry. Holy baptism occurs during regular worship services except in extraordinary circumstances.
Baptismal classes are held at 4:00PM on Saturday prior to the scheduled baptism. This required class is for parents, sponsors and family members of the person to be baptized. The approximately 40-minute class taught by one of the pastors discusses:
- The Sacrament of Baptism
- What does baptism mean?
- Commitment and promise of parents and sponsors
Our Baptismal Beliefs
Lutherans have two Sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion. Lutherans use the term sacrament to describe two parts of Christian life and worship where an earthly element or sign is linked with God’s word and commanded by Jesus Christ. The Sacrament of baptism initiates our life in Christ.
Baptism is not simply plain water. Instead, it is water used according to God’s command and connected with God’s word. (Matthew 28:18-20) Baptism is a personal gift of God’s love to us which we receive by faith. The Bible says that through the waters of baptism our old life apart from God is ended, just as Jesus died in our place. And a new life with God is given to us in baptism, just as Jesus was raised never to die again. (Romans 6:3-4) This sacrament of belonging gives God’s promise of forgiveness and new life in Jesus Christ.
Baptism is an event performed by humans, but the action is all God’s. Through baptism you are adopted as a child of God and experience God’s extravagant love as you become “part of God’s family” and the Christian community, the Church. In baptism God says, “I have called you by name and you are mine.”(Isaiah 43:1) At Faith † Journey Lutheran Church, the one who is baptized has water poured over his or her head as the pastor recites “I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,” as Christ commanded (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is once and for all, and it is for people of any age.
Parents bringing a small child to be baptized, one who is not able to answer for himself or herself, will choose baptismal sponsors. Parents and sponsors, along with those who are gathered in the assembly, will publicly commit themselves to spiritually nurture the newly baptized by committing to pray for them, and teach them in the faith through worship, prayer and study.
Lutherans live with holy baptism at the center of life, recalling God’s baptismal promises in a variety of ways. The sign of the cross may be made by a Christian, with or without water, at a baptismal font or anywhere, as a reminder of the gift of baptism.