Baptism is an outward and visible sign of in inward and spiritual grace, signifying to all the pouring out of the Holy Spirit.
Baptism is initiation into the Church.
The practice of the early church was to withhold the Easter secret of Jesus’ resurrection. The danger of persecution threatened all who were considered Christian heretics. So, those who wanted to join the followers of the Jesus-way were taught for a lengthy period of time and then, on the night before Easter, the secret was revealed!
On Easter morning, they were baptized – initiated into the church – in the name of the Risen Christ! While most churches, including Joy MCC, do not reserve baptism for just Easter Sunday, we understand baptism as the ritual passage into the church, as the mark of God’s blessing and following the example of Jesus. Water is sign and symbol of cleansing, of birth, of newness. In baptism, we are spiritually cleansed; we are born of the Spirit and have new life.
By baptism, we are named as God’s own.
We are marked as God’s people, claimed as God’s own, by the water of baptism. We remember the announcement of the Spirit at Jesus’ baptism: This is my beloved son…, and we appropriate those words for each person who is baptized. We are declared children of God – related – part of God’s kin.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Joy MCC baptize?
Normally, we baptize by either pouring or sprinkling. However, if you prefer immersion baptism, we will do our best to make that possible. We do not believe that any single mode of baptism is “right” or superior to another. In fact, the various modes of baptism offer beauty and meaning. Baptism by immersion symbolizes sharing in the sign of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism by pouring or sprinkling is a sign of the pouring out of the Spirit into the life of the one baptized.
I have been baptized before. Do I need to be baptized again to be a part of the Joy MCC congregation?
No, you don’t. While baptism is initiation into THE church, it isn’t the initiation into any single congregation. Your baptism was the work of God and has marked you for your whole life. It is the sign of the covenant that God has made with you – to be your God, to never leave you or forsake you.
I've had membership in various churches throughout my life, but never have been baptized. Is it too late?
Absolutely not! If you would like to talk about what baptism might mean to you spiritually, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of our pastors to have a conversation about it. We baptize more adults than children or babies! This can be a rich, meaningful part of your spiritual journey.
For more information on pricing and procedure, please fill out the form below or contact our Director of Administrative Services, Angela Bates, by phone at (407) 894-1081 ext. 204 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.