BAPTISM AT LVPC

Baptism is a sign and seal of God's covenant of grace by which a person is solemnly admitted into the Church.  Baptism signifies the believer's ingrafting into Christ, his rebirth and remission of sins, and the believer's yielding to God through Jesus Chist to live the new life. 

Those wishing to become members of LVPC must be baptized Christians.  Baptism is to be administered only once to a person, and we therefore recognize baptisms previously administered in other churches. 

The minor children of at least one believing parent are also eligible to receive Christian baptism.  We recognize in both the Old and New Testaments that God ordinarily extends His Kingdom through families.  In the same way that under the Old Covenant a male child born into a covenant-keeping family would receive the sign of the covenant in his flesh through circumcision, likewise under the New Covenant the children of believers, both male and female, should receive the covenantal sign and seal of baptism (Genesis 17:7, 9 &10, Galatians 3:9, 14; Colossians 2:11-12; Acts 2:38-39).  In the contrast between circumcision and baptism we see the unfolding graciousness of God.  Under the Old Covenant, the covenantal sign was a bloody and painful rite.  Under the New Covenant, there is no more blood to be shed other than that shed already by Christ on Calvary.  Therefore the washing of water replaces the cutting away of the flesh by flint knives.  Under the Old Covenant, the covenantal sign was available only to male children of covenant-keeping families.  Under the more gracious New Covenant, the sign and seal of the Covenant is available to both boys and girls in covenant-keeping families. 

We do not believe that baptism creates in, or confers the grace of salvation to, any child (or adult for that matter). It does not wash away sins. Rather, salvation comes only through trusting by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  Those who are baptized as children must still turn from their sin and profess faith in Christ to be saved. 

Some will object, "Wouldn't it be better to wait until a child is old enough to choose for himself if he wants to be baptized?"  Consider this illustration:  If a child is born in the United States to parents who are US citizens, would it be best for those parents to refuse to confer US citizenship on that child until he or she is "of age" and can decide for himself if he wants to be American, or Uruguayan, or Chechen?  I would think not. All the parents I know proudly raise their children as citizens of their homeland, and then rejoice in the day when the child says The Pledge of Allegiance from the heart and means it.  Likewise, in presenting their minor children for covenant baptism, Christian parents are pledging to raise their children as Christians so that the child will know he or she belongs to Christ from his or her earliest memories. 

Baptism is ordinarily administered during our gathering for worship on Sunday mornings.  It is a public testimony involving the whole family of God who rejoice with you in your faith and affirm that you have entered God's family.  If you wish to be baptized, or to present your minor children for baptism, contact the Pastor to discuss this important step of obedience to Christ. 

Follow this LINK to apply for church membership at LVPC. 

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Westminster Shorter Catechism #94 & 95: 

WHAT IS BAPTISM?  Baptism is a washing with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19), which is a sign and seal that we are joined to Christ (Galatians 3:27, Romans 6:3), that we receive the benefits of the covenant of grace, and that we are engaged to be the Lord's (Romans 6:4).  

WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?  Those who are not members of churches should not be baptized until they have publicly stated that they believe in Christ and will obey him (Acts 2:38, 41, 8:36-38), but the infant children of church members should be baptized. 

 

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