Declare your decision
Baptism in water is the next step for anyone who has decided to follow Jesus. It’s a public profession of your faith. It’s a milestone moment on your faith journey, and here at Northwoods it’s a major celebration!
In the first century the term baptism meant “identification.” In fact the term was used of a clothier in ancient days. When he took a white garment and dipped it into a scarlet dye, he was said to have “baptized” the garment. Baptizo was the term used when he “changed its identity.”
Baptism, as practiced here at Northwoods Community Church, is a public declaration, saying: I belong to Jesus Christ. I identify with His death for me. And by being raised from the water, I identify with a new kind of life that I could never live on my own. By His power I will be able to experience new life. I’ve been born again. Baptism is the outward profession of your inward decision to follow Jesus!
When we give up control of our lives to Jesus Christ, it is a personal act on our part. While baptism isn’t essential for salvation, it announces publicly to everyone that we have surrendered to a new authority in our lives and are now identified as a Christ follower—we want everyone to know.
Dark shirt and dark shorts are best. However, we ALWAYS have clothing available!
We hold baptisms three times per year. You can see upcoming baptism dates on our calendar. Baptism is at the end of each service. At about 10 minutes before the normal service ending time, Pastor Cal will invite those wishing to be baptized to the front of the auditorium.
We always have carafes of water available for non-immersion needs.
Registration is recommended so that we can get a count of about how many people will be baptized and to make sure that you have the best experience possible! However, it is not required. You will be asked to provide more complete information when you are baptized in order to receive a baptism certificate.