JOIN US AT THE RIVER.
This year’s annual River Baptism service is October 13th at 2:00pm. The location is changing this year to Nimbus Flat Recreation Area- 1921 Hazel Ave, Rancho Cordova, 95670. We encourage you to come early so you can get through the gate (cost is $10 per car for parking), find a spot to sit at the beach, and bring a lawn chair if needed. This is always an encouraging and inspiring worship service, and we would love for everyone to join us.
What Does the Bible Say About baptism?
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commands his followers to "go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit ... " Baptism is the means by which followers of Christ are identified.
In Romans 6:1-11, the apostle Paul explains how the immersion mode (going under water) of baptism identifies the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Going under water represents Christ's death, and coming out of the water illustrates His resurrection.
While going under water best illustrates the work of Christ, this passage does not say how much water should be used. The significance for being baptized is in the life and heart of the person, not in the amount of water used. Because of this, we sprinkle with water during worship services in the sanctuary and offer a special immersion service at the river in October.
A person does not have to be baptized to have Christ in their heart. Like a marriage, rings do not have to be exchanged in order to be pronounced man and wife. But if the commitment to trust Christ alone for salvation has been made, then the symbol of baptism should be valued as a visible sign of one's commitment, just like rings are a visible sign of one's commitment to a husband or wife.
How to go about getting baptized.
What is The Process?
If you are ready to be baptized, there are two steps prior to the Baptism Service:
Step 1: Pick up a Baptism Packet at Christ Community Church or download and print the packet by clicking the button below. Then return the packet to the church office c/o Correne Sommers or to the iHub table on Sunday morning.
Step 2: Be affirmed by the Elders for baptism by attending a Mandatory Meeting with the Elders on October 8, 2019 at 7 pm.
The Elders at Christ Community are responsible for making sure that baptisms are done in a Christ-honoring manner and adults desiring baptism must meet with the Board of Elders. In this meeting, the Elders will review the meaning of baptism and answer any questions you may have. Also, information about the actual service will be given. The Elders will then affirm the requests prior to the next scheduled baptism service.
Youth (6th through 12th grade) will meet with the youth pastor of their grade.