Baptism

Baptism is an opportunity to share with your community about the decision you’ve made to place your faith in Jesus. 

Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and it’s your public declaration that you have started a new life by accepting Jesus as your personal Savior. 

Baptism is a public declaration of your faith and an act of obedience in your walk with Jesus. If this is your next step, we’d love to celebrate with you at an upcoming baptism. Baptism services are held regularly at every site. 

What’s the Big D.E.A.L. about Baptism?

Demonstration

Baptism is a beautiful DEMONSTRATION of the Gospel of Jesus.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…

…having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.

Demonstration

Baptism is an obvious EXPECTATION Jesus has for His followers.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… 

So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized.

And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.

Amplification

Baptism is a radical AMPLIFICATION of a Christian’s commitment to Jesus.

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Liberation

Baptism is a powerful sign of LIBERATION in the life of a Christian.

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Water Baptism at
Manna Church

Come to Manna dressed ready for the baptism: T-Shirt and shorts/pants that will be comfortable when wet. Women: Consider wearing a sweatshirt, or a one-piece swimsuit beneath a T-Shirt.

No later than 15 minutes before the beginning of the service in which you are to be baptized (9:15am for the 9:30am service, 10:45am for the 11:00am service, etc.).

Ask one of our SERVE team members where you should sit (in most cases, you should seat yourself in one of the front rows of your site’s worship center). A SERVE Team member will hold your towel for you and give you further instructions, including arranging all of the baptismal candidates in the proper order.

A towel, a complete change of clothes and other items you will need after the baptism before returning to the service.

Wait for the person baptizing you to escort you into the water. When (s)he says, “I baptize you in the Name…,” hold your nose with one hand and the wrist of that hand with the other hand. (S)he will hold your wrist as well and support you with their other arm. As you are guided down, bend your knees slightly until you are completely immersed and then assist the person baptizing you in bringing you upright again. Remain with the person baptizing you as you pray together. Once finished, you will be handed your towel and given a direction to exit. You will be directed to the nearest restroom to change clothes. Return to your seat and enjoy the rest of the service!