The Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism @ FaithJourney

Through baptism you are re-born 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.

Baptism is an event performed by the church, but the action is all God’s. Baptism is a personal gift of God’s love given freely by God - we respond to that gift in the ways we live and order our lives of faith.  Baptism is unconditioned - that is to say that there is nothing that one must do prior to receiving the sacrament.

We invite you to jump into the promises of God that are yours in the living waters of baptism. At FaithJourney there is no age limit for baptism.  You don't even need to be a member [but we really hope that you would explore that possibility].  We practice infant baptism because Scripture declares that God is the initiator of the right relationship - we do not earn God's favor - God simply gives it.  Martin Luther wrote as he explained the Apostles' Creed, "I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ may Lord or come to him."

It is important to note that as your child is baptized, he/she will become a member of FaithJourney. If you, as a parent, are not already a member, you may want to join your child in membership and partner with us in ministry. 

New members are received twice each year in the spring and fall. We hope you will get connected so that you and your child may grow in your relationship with God.

Complete the Baptism Request Form HERE

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 or study so that later in life, the person may speak for themselves and lay claim to their personal discipleship

Holy Baptism occurs during regular worship services except in extraordinary circumstances. Baptismal Classes are held one hour prior to baptism worship service. This required class is for parents, sponsors and family members of the person to be baptized. The approximately 30 minute class is taught by one of the pastors.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a baptism, contact the church office via Email

or by calling 701.282.3309. 

In the next section there is information that will help you know what we

believe and teach about baptism

Baptism is a Sacrament

Lutherans have two Sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion. Lutherans use the term sacrament to describe two acts in the Christian life & worship that are commanded by Jesus, include an earthly element [like water] and includes a promise of God's presence. The Sacrament of Baptism initiates our life in Christ.

The hard truth is that we are born children of a fallen humanity - that is we are not, by our nature, in a right relationship with God.  Through baptism and the Holy Spirit we are re-born children of God - because God makes the relationship right as only God can do.

Baptism is Not Symbolic

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.

For Lutherans, baptism is not a symbol of one's faith or of the "acceptance of Jesus as one's personal Lord."  Baptism is God's act of graciously bestowing the promise of love and mercy.  We offer baptism to anyone - because that is what Jesus commands us to do.  There is nothing that one must do [or can do for that matter], no confession professed, no statement of faith that makes one "worthy" to receive baptism - you are made worthy by God. There is no "right way" to baptize - it matters not if you are immersed or sprinkled with water...what makes baptism is what God is doing not what we do...when water and the Word are combined, there is baptism.

THe Importance of Water and the Word

Luther said, "... when the Word accompanies the water, Baptism is valid, even though faith be lacking. For my faith does not constitute Baptism, but receives it." 

For humans, water is life.  We are drawn to water.  We are made mostly of water.  Life as we know it cannot exist without water.  The connection of water and the Word of God is made many places in Scripture - but most notably in the Gospel of John where Jesus says to the Samaritan woman, "those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty."  The water of which Jesus speaks is salvation - not earned - simply given by God's Word.

It is important for us to note that Jesus never commands the manner in which people are baptized - only that they are.  The manner of baptism is simple - water + Word.  Lutherans do not get hung up on the "how should it be done" rather we concentrate on "that it is done."

Baptism in Once for all

We believe that a person is baptized once . Because of the unfailing nature of God's promise, and because of God's once-for-all action in Christ, Baptism is not repeated.  Re-baptism declares, either intentionally or unintentionally, that God did not do what God promised to do in baptism.  Additionally, re-baptism focuses the attention on the baptized and away from what God in Christ is doing.

There are no "deficient" baptisms.  Any person who is baptized by water and the word and in the Triune name of God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit is baptized.  The work of baptism is not dependent on the "goodness" of the person doing the baptism - it is all about what God is doing in the life of the baptized.