Baptisms

Are you ready to make your personal decision to follow Christ a public declaration?

 

 

 

Why Be Baptized?

We are baptized because Christ commanded it. Consider these words of Jesus found in Matthew 28:19-20:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew records these words as the final explicit instructions of Jesus before He ascended to heaven. This passage is called the Great Commission because it is the foundation for our local and global missions presence.  Therefore, if:

  1. Going is a part of the Great Commission;
  2. Making disciples is a part of the Great Commission; and
  3. Teaching is a part of the Great Commission, then

BAPTIZING is also part of the Great Commission!

Did you notice the logical progression. We go and spread the gospel. In our witnessing we will make disciples. We are to baptize those disciples and then teach them to obey the words of Jesus. Baptism is part of Jesus’ command to the church.

Let’s be clear, baptism does not save us.  Our personal decision to trust Christ happens before baptism.  Baptism makes our decision public and is our response to the clear command of Jesus Christ!

It is recommended that those desiring to be baptized walk towards the altar during the invitation period, which usually occurs after the sermon, as a public sign of his/her faith in Jesus Christ. Once this step is taken, a letter will be sent in the mail with more detailed information.

When Do We Baptize?

Baptisms are held at both campuses.

Grand Prairie Campus:  11am Service on the first Sunday of each month.  Candidates must arrive by 10:30am

Southlake Campus:  10am Service on the first Sunday of each month. Candidates must arrive by 9:30am

Next Steps

Would you like to take the next step in your faith journey?

  1. Register for “BAPTISM” by clicking.
  2. If the baptism candidate is 5-12 years old plan to attend an upcoming Salvation 101 class.
  3. Expect a phone call from our baptism team.

If you have ANY questions at all, we would love to hear from you!

Please do not hesitate to call the church offices at 972-264-1483. or contact Rev. Ellis Ford 972-504-8209 or eford@sjbcfamily.com