Jesus commanded the first apostles to "make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you" (Matthew 28.19-20). In the early Christian church adults and families were baptized into Christ as God called them to faith by the Gospel.
What Is Baptism?
Martin Luther provides a very simple summary of the Biblical teaching of Baptism in his Small Catechism:
"Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God' command and combined with God's word."
We believe that baptism is a miracle in which God seals our adoption into God's family by faith.
Who May Be Baptized?
Adults are normally baptized after receiving instructions in the Christian faith. Children and infants are baptized with the commitment by parents and sponsors to continue to teach them the faith of Christ.
Sponsors may be chosen to assist parents in raising their children in the Christian faith. Sponsors serve as witnesses to the baptism and to pray for and encourage the children in their Christian life.
Steps for Baptism
1. Call (618-344-3151) or email the Church Office to set up a time to speak with one of the pastors.
2. Baptisms are normally held in any worship service or before or after a worship service. Baptism can also be conducted privately.
3. For adults baptism is usually celebrated at the conclusion of their basic instruction in the Christian faith.