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Baptism is an outward reflection of an inward connection!

Who Should Be Baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ
“Those who believe and accepted His message were baptized…” –Acts 2:41

“Simon himself believed and was baptized…” –Acts 8:13

“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News… and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” –Acts 8:12

When Should I Be Baptized?
As soon as you have believed
“Those who believe…were baptized…that day!” –Acts 2:41

“Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ´Look, here is water! Why shouldn´t I be baptized right now?´ Philip said, ´If you believe with all your heart, you may.´ The man answered, ´I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.´ So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” –Acts 8:35-38

There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “perfect,” you´ll never feel “good enough”!

At TCB, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed.

This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.

TCB practices adult believer's baptism by immersion
Because Jesus was baptized that way.
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water,” –Matthew 3:16
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
(Example) “…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” –Acts 8:38-39

The word Baptize means “To dip under water”.

The Greek word baptize means “to immerse or dip under water”.

It best symbolized a burial and resurrection!

The founders of denominations agree:
Martin Luther… “I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the work imports and the mystery signifies.”

John Calvin… “The word ´baptize´ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church.”

John Wesley… “Buried with Him, alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.”

How Does this Work?
What Should I Wear?
Upon your arrival at TCB on the day of your baptism, you will receive as a free gift a TCB baptism shirt which you can wear with a pair of shorts. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes.
Will I Have to Say Anything?
Yes! At the beginning of the service, one of the pastors will briefly explain the meaning of baptism and then introduce you. At that time, they will ask you the question, “Have you trusted in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?” and you will answer “Yes” as your public profession as a believer in and follower of Jesus Christ.

We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends to attend your baptism.

Can my family and friends be baptized together?
Yes! If each person understands fully the meaning of Biblical baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment.

However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family or group tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on others to join you. This puts an undue pressure on them and delays your obedience.

Salvation is private between you and God. Baptism is public between You, God and the Church.

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