What is Baptism?
Christians throughout history have used baptism as the outward expression of the inward decision to make Jesus the Lord of their lives. Water is a physical symbol that God has cleansed believers from their sins through the blood of Jesus.
Who is Baptism for?
According to the New Testament practice and teaching, baptism is reserved for believers who have trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior and are committed to follow the example and teachings of Jesus, making him Lord of their life. The Apostle Peter explained to a crowd that Jesus is both Lord and Christ. When the crowd asked Peter what they should do to be saved, Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized everyone one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the furtiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2.22-36)
How is Baptism done?
Believers may choose to be immersed in water, signifying the death of the old self along with his sin, and then raised out of the water signifying their new life in Jesus. Romans 6:3 - 6
Believers may also choose to be sprinkled with water, signifying they have been cleansed of their sin through faith in Jesus.
When are Baptisms held?
Baptisms are done as requested following the morning worship gatherings on the last Sunday of each month, as well as at an annual summer baptism in the Casselman River.
What if I’d like to be baptised at Oak Dale?
You may talk to one of Oak Dale’s pastors or contact the church office if you wish to be baptized.
What about infant baptism?
While some Christian faith traditions baptize infants as a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, Oak Dale reserves baptism for believers who choose to publicly mark their commitment to Christ and his church.
Oak Dale invites parents to participate in a public ceremony dedicating their children back to God. The child may be baptized at a later time when they choose to profess their faith in Christ.
Please contact the church office if you wish to dedicate to the Lord your infant or child.