We believe that all people are born into a "fallen humanity." That is to say that from birth - the relationship between God and humanity is broken. However, through baptism we are re-born as a child of God and experience God’s extravagant love as we become “part of God’s family” and the Christian community, the Church.
Baptism is Sacrament, administered 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.
For the sake of order in the Church, ordained pastors who are called to the public ministry of Word and Sacrament preside at a baptism. In extraordinary circumstances or in the case of an emergency, any Christian person can baptize someone with any kind of water in any kind of setting "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
We invite you to jump into the promises of God that are yours in the living waters of baptism. At Faith✟Journey 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."
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs" (Matthew 19:14). In the Bible - time and time again - God initiates our relationship with Him. God chooses us first and then waits for our faithful response. The practice of circumcision for eight-day-old boys in the Old Testament was a sign of God choosing the male offspring of Abraham and Sarah (See Genesis 17:10-12). An eight-day-old infant cannot choose to believe in God or accept him as personal Lord and Savior. Instead, God chooses these infants to be included as a part of God's family.
It is important to note that as your child is baptized, he/she will become a member of Faith✟Journey. 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.
Parents bring their child who is not yet able to understand the new life God is creating with them to be baptized. Parents and sponsors, along with those who are gathered in the assembly, publicly commit themselves to spiritually nurture the newly baptized by committing to pray for them, teach them 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 1/2 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.
To request baptism for yourself or your child, please use the Request form below
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 sections following the request form, there is information that will help you know what we believe and teach about baptism @FJLC