What is Water Baptism and why is it important?
At Foursquare Church we believe that baptism is a public declaration of an inward confession, meaning, after you ask Jesus to be the Lord and savior of your life (inward) you get baptized to show the change that just took place in your heart (outward). Baptism symbolizes us taking part in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Romans 6:4 says: “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.” Because of this we baptize people by fully immersing them in water. Going under the water symbolizes Jesus death, being put in the tomb, and coming out of the water symbolizes Jesus’ resurrection.
There are so many reasons to get baptized; but here are some the most important…
- Jesus Commands Us To (Matt. 28:18-20)
- Jesus Was Baptized (Matt. 3:13-17)
- It Pleases God (Matt. 3:17)
- It is how we identify with Jesus’ death and resurrection in our own life (Rom. 6:4)
Frequently Asked Questions:
HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO GET BAPTIZED?
Here at Foursquare Church we ask that if your child under the age of 12 would like to be baptized, to schedule a meeting with Mark Spencer Nakamura or Karla Gubany (our Foursquare Kids Pastors) to go over the meaning of baptism in depth with both you and your child and then we can get your child registered for baptism. If you feel as though your child might not be ready to get baptized we recommend Child Dedications; which is simply an opportunity for one of our pastors to pray a blessing over you and your child, and for you as a parent to publically commit to raising your child in the things of the Lord.
WHEN ARE BAPTISMS?
Baptisms are (approximately) once every three months at the end of the 10:15am Sunday service at South Campus and after the 11:30am Sunday service at North Campus.
WHERE ARE BAPTISMS?
Baptisms will take place in both North Campus and South Campus. North Campus baptisms will be on Sundays after the 11:30am service and South Campus baptisms will be on Sundays after the 10:15am service.