BAPTISM

Interested in Baptism?

At ODPC we offer two different types of baptism: for parents who want to baptize their infants

and for adults who are ready to take that next step in their faith.

If interested in either one, please contact Pastor John Cha via email

What is Infant Baptism?

Infant baptism is the practice of administering baptism as a sign

of God’s covenant-promise to infant children of believing parents.

The Purpose of Infant Baptism

What are we saying when we have our infants baptized?

IT'S ALL BY GOD'S GRACE

Through infant baptism, the parents are able to profess their faith – not in the baptism act itself, nor in their ability as parents to raise their child.  Rather, their faith is in God’s faithfulness.  Ultimately, infant baptism points beyond the parent’s profession.  It points to God’s profession of His faithfulness to us.

WE COMMIT OURSELVES IN RAISING THEM IN A GODLY HOME

Through infant baptism, alongside the parents of the covenant community in Biblical times, we are also committing ourselves towards raising our children in all godliness.

 

  • Deuteronomy 4:9-10:  Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when he said to me, "Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children."
  • Deuteronomy 6:4-7:  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
  • 2 Timothy 3:14-15:  But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior,

then you are ready to be baptized!

Adult Baptism 

WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED

Christians believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his or her sin. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized. Just like a bride and groom show others their love for one another by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is an opportunity to show others that you have accepted Christ and are now walking with Him. If you have not yet made this significant decision to place your faith in Christ and have a personal relationship with Him, we would love to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.

WHAT BAPTISM SYMBOLIZES

Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:

 

  • Accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
  • Shared in His death and resurrection,
  • Symbolically washed clean of sins, illustrated by the sprinkling of water, forgiven by His death on the cross.

 

Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God.

 

The Baptism Process

The baptism process at ODPC has been designed to be both simple and meaningful. Here is what you need to do:

Step 1 

Sign up for our next Adult Baptism Class. The class is a series of sessions going through the book Experiencing God and walking through your Testimony.

Step 2

Someone will confirm your registration with you and answer any questions you may have.

Step 3

Get baptized during our Baptism Service and celebrate your new life in Christ!

Interested in Baptism?