BAPTSIM SERVICES: Anniversary Sunday (November) & Easter (March or April)
We celebrate baptism twice a year generally in the Spring and Fall.
We believe in "believer's baptism" which essentially means that one must be able to personally understand as well as express their faith in Christ. There are 4 key elements to be sure every believer is in agreement on:
(1) Christ is Creator as was present in the beginning with God. - Colossians 1:15-20
(2) I am a sinner by birth and by choice...and am in need of a Savior. - Romans 3:23
(3) Christ lived a perfect life and thus is the only perfect sacrifice that God would accept as payment for sin. - Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 15:21-22, 2 Corinthians 5:21
(4) After being crucified, Christ rose from the dead on the 3rd day. - Acts 1:3, 1 Corinthians 15:17
In order to participate in a baptism service at Fellowship Life Bible Church you must attend the baptism class offered before the scheduled baptism. After the class you will be asked to submit a personal testimony to the pastor. You will end up reading this testimony to the congregation at your baptism.
In general we do not reccommend the baptism of children younger than 8 years old. There is no age reqirement in scripture but only that childnen be able to "confess & believe" (Romans 10:9-10) on their own. In order for baptism to be marked and remembed as a significant step of obedience, it can be wise to have children wait until they are closer to the tween or teen years to publically profess their faith as their own before the chruch body. If you have a child that has professed faith in Christ but aren't sure whether he/she is ready for baptism we recommend the book "God...Should I be baptized" by Life Song Publishers. Please go to www.lifesongpublishers.com to order the resource for about $12. Children ages 8-11 who desire to be baptized at FLBC must complete this book wtih a parent and bring the book to the baptism class as a part of the pastor's assesment for the child's readiness. If you have any questions about the baptism of children please feel free to contact the church at firstname.lastname@example.org