Union Baptist Church

527 Union Church Road
Winder, GA 30680

www.unionbaptistwinder.org

 

Water Baptism

Application Form

 

Congratulations!                                                                 

Your decision to be baptized in water is a public declaration that you are a Christian—a child of God. You are following Jesus’ last instructions to his disciples in Matthew 28:19 & 20 to “baptize (Christ’s disciples) in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

What to Bring to Baptism:

  1. A change of clothes (we have clean towels)
  2. Dark-colored clothing that is modest

Water Baptism Meeting:

  1. You will need to meet with our Pastor, David Cook, at 10:00 am the day of baptism for instructions and questions. (Meet at the baptismal pool, located on the worship stage)
  2. Complete the Baptism Application Form (located directly after the Water Baptism Scriptures) and bring it with you to the Baptism meeting. The "Testimony" section of the application is a brief explanation of how you came to Christ and of your intention to serve Him forever. You may share publicly during the baptism service.

  3. Pray that your baptism will be a deeply meaningful, spiritual experience in your life.

Invite your family and friends--even those that may or may not attend church, to come to the baptism service so they might share the joy of this experience with you. For those who do not attend church regularly, witnessing your obedience to follow the Lord in water baptism provides encouragement and possibly an opportunity to make a personal decision to follow the Lord.

    Water Baptism Scriptures

    Water baptism is a public declaration that you are a Christian—a child of God.

    Water baptism is not an option. Jesus said in Matthew 28:19 &20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded of you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


    Peter makes that very clear in Acts 2:38, “Peter replied, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.’” “Repent and be baptized” is a command.

    Water baptism does not cleanse us of our sins.  The Apostle Paul stated in Romans 10:9-10, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

    Water baptism is by immersion. The word “baptism” actually means immerse. In Matthew 3:16, we read that Jesus, “Went up out of the water,” of the Jordan River.

    In Acts 8:38, speaking of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch, we read, “then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water.” It was obvious this was a large enough body of water that both of them could “go down into” it.

     Water baptism follows repentance. In Acts 2:38, Peter said, “Repent and be baptized.” Any form of baptism prior to personal repentance is scripturally invalid.

    Water baptism indicates several very important things. When you walk into the waters of baptism, you are publicly announcing, “I am a believer and follower of Jesus Christ.” In Acts 8:37, Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may be baptized.” 

    I have died to my old life.  In Romans 6:6-10, we read, “For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, He cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over Him. The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God.”

    I have been raised with Christ to a new life. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

     

    Application and Testimony for Water Baptism


    Bring this completed application and testimony form to the meeting before the water baptismal service on the day of your baptism.

     

    (Please Print)

     

    Name:

    _______________________________________________________________

    Address:

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    City & State:__________________________________      ZIP: ____________

    Phone:

    (_____) ________________

    Date of Birth (MM/DD/YY):________/ ________/ ________

    E-mail:________________________________________________________

     

                                                   Written Testimony

    Life Before Salvation Experience:

    __________________________________________________________________________________________

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    Salvation Experience:

    __________________________________________________________________________________________

    __________________________________________________________________________________________

    __________________________________________________________________________________________

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    Life Since:

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    __________________________________________________________________________________________

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    “I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord and desire to obediently follow Him in water baptism by immersion.”

     

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    (Please sign)

     

     

     

                                                           

     

                                                    WATER BAPTISM RELEASE FORM   (For Minors)
                                                  

    Our church will be conducting a water baptismal service on _____________________during our _____ am/pm service.  Your child has expressed an interest in being water baptized.  Our policy is to obtain consent from the parent or guardian to perform this special ordinance outside of our general membership.  You and your family are welcomed to attend our service. 

    I certify that my child will be able to participate in these activities including but not limited to being baptized by immersion at ________________________church.  My signature below gives you permission and consent for my child, _______________________, to participate in Water Baptism at your church on the date listed above. 

     

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      Signature of Parent or Guardian                                                                      Date

    Could you also furnish us with your present address and phone number?  Thank you so much!

     

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      Street Address                                                                                             

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      City, State, Zip

     Phone Number:  _____________________________