Four steps to being water baptized at Joy Christian Fellowship

  1. Read "What We Believe About Baptism" (below).

  2. Complete the online Application on or before Thursday, April 4th.  Be sure all parts of the application are complete, including “Instructions for Testimony Construction”.

  3. Attend Baptism Class.  Class will be held on Saturday, April 6th, 10am at the church office (52 W Ivy Lane).

  4. Be Baptized.  Baptism (by immersion) will be held in the baptismal pool, located in the sanctuary, on Sunday, April 14th.  Be sure to bring appropriate clothing (change of clothes, towel, etc.).


What We Believe About Baptism

The motive for baptism: Baptism is a command of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord's command— “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matt. 28:19). Jesus’ word is sufficient warrant for the baptism of believers.

The practice of the early church—This reveals the application of the Lord's words by those who heard Him speak. We read concerning the converts on the day of Pentecost: "So then, those who had received His word were baptized." Further examples of apostolic practice: Acts 8:33-38; Acts 10:44-48; 16:31-33; 18:8.

 

The mandate for baptism: Baptism is only for Christians.

Disciples—The evangelist was commanded to "make disciples of all nations, baptizing them ..." (Matt. 28:18).

Believers—"Those who had received His word were baptized" (Acts 2:41). The eunuch confessed his faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Philip baptized him (Acts 8:30-38). The jailor at Philippi "he and all his household... And rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household" (Acts 16:33,34).

Receivers of the Holy Spirit—While Peter was preaching to Cornelius, "the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message." Peter then inquired, "surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?" He then commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord (Acts 10:44-48).

 

The message of baptism: baptism is a method of identification.

Identification with Christ—This identification is with His death, burial, and resurrection. Paul asked, "or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore, we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:3,4).

Identification with the church— “So then, those who had received His word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41).

Churches identification with the baptized—When an individual confesses faith in Jesus Christ, the church community welcomes them and recognizes them as part of the family of God, by providing baptism. 

 

The method for baptism: Joy Christian fellowship prefers to water baptize by immersion.

The meaning—The meaning of “baptize” is to completely immerse something. It is evident that submerging one in the water and lifting them from it should be the method of baptism, as it gives the most vivid picture of salvation (Rom. 6:3-4).

Example— The examples of baptism recorded in scripture imply immersion (Mark 1:10; Matt. 3:16; Acts 8:38-39).


Note to parents of Next Generation

Joy believes that regardless of age anyone who has sincerely received Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior and Lord, even a minor, should be given the opportunity to be baptized. At the same time, we do not want baptism to be just a ritual. Rather, the person should receive Christ first; then receive baptism as an outward symbol of their inward transformation. Baptism itself does not save anyone. One is saved by receiving Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior through grace alone. As a result of being saved, one should repent and turn from sins.

We do not believe in forcing baptism on any child but prefer to wait for the child to have assurance of salvation and desire to be baptized on his/her own. We do not want any child to be baptized out of external pressure whether by parent or peer.

All children who apply to be baptized should have attended Next Generation ministry a minimum one year, as they will need a proper recommendation from a teacher or pastor.

Once a child has an understanding of the significance of baptism is it will be a very special and meaningful event in his/her life.

Guidelines to help determine if a child is ready for baptism:

  • He/she has sincerely received Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord.

  • There is an understanding and a change in his/her life and heart as a result of their salvation.

  • Has attended Next Generation ministry at least one year and has a recommendation from their teacher or pastor.

  • Has a desire to be baptized.

  • Able to give a personal testimony about their life before and after they accepted Christ.

  • At least one of the parents is a member of Joy.

  • In case the minor’s parent does not attend Joy nor is a member of Joy, the applicant will be assessed case by case by the pastoral staff.

  • Able to hold their breath under water for a brief moment (holding their nose).

If the above guidelines are met:

  1. Fill out the application.

  2. Have parent(s) look over testimony and receive approval by the child's pastor (Pastor Kiwi or Elyse Yu).

  3. Attend baptism class.

  4. Get baptized.