Generally we baptize folks one at a time backward from a standing position as a symbol that the old man is dead and they are buried with Christ then raised again in the newness of life.
C) What is said when you are baptized is not that important either. God is more interested in the attitude of your heart then some formula.
D) Some like to be re-baptized because they have come back to Jesus, or because they have recommitted their hearts and lives to Him. Or perhaps when they were first baptized they did not fully understand what they were doing. We at Calvary Chapel see no reason to deny baptism to any person who so wishes to be re-baptized.
3. After we baptize you we pray for you to be filled and anointed with the Holy Spirit for the work of service He will call you too.
4. Before we baptize you we have you go through this teaching about baptism so that you understand what you are doing. We also warn you that you have an enemy (Satan) who may seek to lead you astray and tempt you just as he did Jesus, (Matt. 4)
By way of example; baptism is to the Christian life what a wedding ring is to a marriage. The wedding ring is a “symbol” of our love and devotion to our spouse. Baptism does not save us any more than a wedding ring means your married, but it does symbolize your absolute devotion to Jesus. You take part in baptism as a testimony of the fact that you now belong to Him, Who is “the author and finisher of our faith…” Heb. 12:2
Where did Baptism come from?
1. Christian baptism came from Jesus.
A) Matt. 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
Jesus instituted two ordinances in the church:
B) Water Baptism
While neither of these can save you, they are not optional, for we are commanded by Jesus to do both. Therefore both are a regular and important part of Calvary Chapel.
Who should be baptized?
1. Every person who has become a born again believer.
A) Acts 2:38 “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for (because of) the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
If you are not a born again Christian and you get baptized all you get is wet! A person desiring to be baptized must have already trusted in Jesus Christ for their salvation before they are baptized.
2. Any person who has accepted Jesus Christ should be baptized. Regardless of their age.
If a fairly young child has accepted Jesus Christ and understands enough of water baptism to make it meaningful to them then they should be baptized. Some times families like to be baptized together, or one or both the parents like to help in their child’s baptism, we think this a wonderful idea.