We believe baptism is about promises. First and foremost, it is about God’s promise to us: Because of what Jesus has done on the cross, “I will be your God and you will be mine!” We recognize in baptism that God chooses us and promises to be our God. What a great gift!
Second, baptism is about our commitment to God. As parents, we commit to do everything in our power to help our children know Jesus in a personal way. An older person (youth or adult) being baptized proclaims in a public way, “I want to belong to Jesus!” Simply by coming to be baptized, individuals and families proclaim their faith in Jesus and their commitment to him.
Third, we believe that baptism happens in a specific community. Being baptized at Central includes a commitment to pray for and participate in this congregation. We recognize that people are not baptized “into Central” but rather we are baptized into Christ. For those who have roots at Central but now live elsewhere, we are glad to celebrate your baptism here and forward the baptism information to the congregation where you are now participating. To know Jesus is personal, but it can never be private!