BAPTISM @ MSC: WHAT TO EXPECT

We are excited that you are going public with your faith and expressing the great salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ through baptism! Please read the information below so you know what to expect before, during and after. 


before the baptism

We want to be sure you are fully prepared to make this confession of faith through bapstism and ensure you have the best experience possible. 

- Wear dark colored clothing (no logos or graphics) you don't mind getting wet.

- Be sure to bring the following items: 

  • 1-2 Large Towels
  • Change of Clothes

- Arrive at MSC by 9:30a

- Check in with an elder or pastor upon arrival


DURING THE BAPTISM

A pastor or elder of MSC (or the person that brought you to faith) will facilitate the baptism. A large trough of water will be set up before service either in the auditorium or outside (weather permitting). Baptism will be explained and you will be introduced to the congregation. Your family and friends are invited to gather around the trough to be witness to your baptism. You will be instructed to enter the trough assisted by the facilitator. You will then take a seat in the water with your back facing the facilitator. Both you and the congregation will be asked questions concerning your profession of faith. 

Questions for You

Q1: Gospel

Facilitator: Have you put your faith alone in Christ alone? 

Baptism Candidate: I have!

Q2: Family

Facilitator: Do you commit to be a godly sibling by serving this local body? 

Baptism Candidate: I do!

Q3: Mission

Facilitator: Do you commit to a lifestyle of making disciples who make disciples? 

Baptism Candidate: I do!

 

Question for the Congregation

Facilitator: Do you commit to walking with __________ in this calling?

Congregation: We do!

 

Water Immersion

You will be fully  immersed in the water and brought back up. Don't worry, it only lasts a few seconds!

Facilitator: According to Matthew 28:19 – I now baptize you in the name of the “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Down with the old, Resurrected to the New life in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:7)


after the baptism

The congregation will celebrate your new life in Christ with claps and cheers! You will then be ushered to one of our bathrooms or another designated area to dry off and change into dry clothes. A certificate of a baptism will be provided as evidence of the day. A small celebration will be held in your honor following the Sunday gathering.