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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 12 and 16, please email OCC Student Ministries. If your child is age 11 or younger, please see the information an the bottom of this page.
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 an act of obedience for one who has been saved. The model given to us in the Bible is that baptism immediately follows conversion (but if you came to Christ awhile ago and have never been baptized, consider registering for our next baptism service. It's never too late)!
"Those who accepted his message were baptized,
and about three thousand were added to their number that day."
To follow the example set by Jesus.
"At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan." Mark 1:9
Jesus tells me to be baptized (and ultimately to baptize others).
"Then Jesus said to them…"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 you.'" Matthew 28:19
To show publicly that I am a believer in Jesus.
"And many…who heard him believed and were baptized." Acts 18:8
To show my willingness to obey Jesus and place my life under his Lordship.
"Why do you call me "Lord, Lord" and do not do what I say?" Luke 6:46
Baptism initiates a Christian into the community of other Jesus followers.
"For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body…" I Corinthians 12:13
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
Those who hear the Gospel.
"… and many… who heard him believed and were baptized." Acts 18:8
Those who believe in Jesus.
"Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved..." Mark 16:16
Those who repent of sin.
"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins." Acts 2:38
Those who confess Jesus with their mouth.
"… If you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead you will be saved." Romans 10:9
Those who in good conscience pledge their life to Jesus.
"…and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also--not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ..." I Peter 3:21
Overlake offers "Believer's Baptism" for adults and young people who can understand and wholeheartedly embrace the biblical teachings listed above.
For young children, OCC offers Child Dedication as it is modeled in the Bible (1 Samuel 1:27-28; Luke 2:22; Matthew 19:13-15). Learn more at the link above and schedule a time for your young child to be dedicated to the Lord (as future Sunday dedication dates are set).
PLEASE NOTE: The family of children under age 12, who love Jesus, understand the biblical teaching above, and would like to be baptized, are asked to do three things:
Still have questions about baptism? Please email or call 425.702.0303.