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Please read the following information regarding baptism at OCC (there's contact information toward the bottom of this page should you have questions). If your child would like to be baptized and is between the ages of 10 and 16, please e-mail OCC Student Ministries. If your child is under 10, please e-mail OCC's Children's Ministry.
WHAT IS CHRISTIAN BAPTISM?
Christian baptism is immersion in water as a public statement of one"s new identity in Christ, having received Him by faith as Savior and Lord. Baptism does not save a person. Rather, baptism is the first act of obedience for one who has been saved. The model given to us in the Bible is that baptism immediately follows conversion.
"Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day." Acts 2:41
WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
To follow the example set by Jesus.
Because Christ Himself commands it.
To publicly demonstrate that I really am a believer.
To openly demonstrate my desire to obey Christ and my willingness to come under His Lordship in my life.
Baptism is the act that initiates the Christian into the fellowship of the believers.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?It illustrates Christ's death, burial and resurrection.
"Christ died for sins according to the Scriptures… He was buried… He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures." I Corinthians 15:3-4
"… Having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead." Colossians 2:12 (This is why baptism is done by immersion rather than by sprinkling.)Baptism illustrates my new life as a Christian.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Cor. 5:17
"We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Romans 6:5
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR BAPTISM?
Those who hear the Gospel.
Those who believe in Christ.
Those who repent of sin.
Those who confess Christ with their mouth.
"… Baptism that now saves you… not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God." I Peter 3:21
WHAT ABOUT BABIES/KIDS?
Overlake offers "Believer's Baptism" and therefore do not offer infant baptism. We do offer infant dedication as it is modeled in the Bible (1 Samuel 1:27-28; Luke 2:22; Matthew 19:13-15). If you have any questions about baptism theology or want more info about what Overlake believes about baptism, e-mail Pastor Josh McQueen. Learn more about infant dedication and schedule one for your child at the link above.
PLEASE NOTE: Children age 10 and under who love Jesus and would like to be baptized are asked to do 3 things before they're "cleared" to be baptized:
NEED MORE INFORMATION?
Still have questions about baptism? Please e-mail Andrea Monson or call 425.895.5902.
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You'll find it HERE!