What To Expect During the Baptism Service
Though there may be some variations, here is the basic schedule of a baptism service at Trinity:
The pastor will meet with baptism candidates 30–45 minutes before the service starts. Candidates will change into appropriate baptism clothing.
During the service, a pastor will briefly explain baptism to the church.
The pastor will ask the those who are being baptized to join him at the front to share their names, their testimonies, and why they want to be baptized. (Many services use a pre-recorded testimony video in the baptism service.)
Those who are being baptized will then enter the water one at a time.
The pastor will ask the following questions of each candidate:
Have you made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life?
Is it your desire to trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins and the fulfillment of all God's promises to you, even eternal life?
Do you forsake Satan and all his ways and embrace being a follower of Christ?
Do you intend with God’s help to obey Jesus’ teaching and follow him as your Lord?
The pastor will then immerse the candidate after saying, “On the profession of your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and in obedience to his command, I now baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
The pastor closes with prayer.