Getting Baptized

Q. I have two questions on baptism. For those of us who can not find a true bible believing Church, how do we get baptised? My family and I would all love to be baptised, but don’t know any other Christians we can ask to do this….and we do not want to be baptized into a specific denomination…

My other question is this. Through the years I have attended many Churches and have seen alter calls yet they never offer to baptize new converts immediately afterwards….shouldn’t the two go hand in hand (understanding of course that baptisim doesn’t play a part in salvation)?

A. I don’t know where you live, but it’s hard for me to believe that you can’t find someone to baptize you. Contrary to what you may have been taught, it doesn’t require an ordained pastor and you don’t have to do it during a church service, or even in a church. Any baptized believer can help you with this. Are you in a Bible Study or small group? Ask the leader to baptize your husband and then your husband can baptize you and your children. Or how about a believing family member?

When Jesus told His followers to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, (Matt. 28:19) He wasn’t just talking to the 11 men there with Him, nor only to the legions of clergymen who would come later. He was talking to all of us. If you need specific instructions on how to do it write to me and I’ll provide them.

Some churches don’t baptize people immediately after an altar call for convenience reasons. Others want new converts to have some discipleship first. And still others wrongly wait for the new convert to make a membership decision before scheduling a baptism.

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