WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Baptism is a beautiful symbol of identification with Jesus Christ and an act of obedience to Him. Jesus modeled the significance of baptism by being baptized Himself (Mark 1:9). He also taught that those who follow Him should be baptized (Matthew 28:18-20). In Romans 6:1-4, Paul explains the meaning of baptism: as Jesus died and was raised from the dead, those who have trusted in Jesus as their Lord and Savior have died to their old way of life and have been raised to new life. Baptism is a way for someone to express that they belong to Jesus Christ and are God's child through faith in Him.
Understanding Baptism is a one-session gathering that explores what it means to be baptized and how South Ridge practices baptism. Attending Understanding Baptism is the first step toward this significant spiritual milestone. Understanding Baptism is often led by Nathan Tuckey (Lead Pastor) or Jeremy Moore (Pastor of Discipleship). Depending on the ages of those registered, Jon Ciotta (Pastor of Family Ministries) may also be present to help support our children & teens.
While South Ridge recognizes that some traditions baptize infants, South Ridge practices child dedication rather than infant baptism.
South Ridge waits until children have personally placed their faith in Jesus and are old enough to fully grasp the meaning of baptism before being baptized (as a general guideline, we suggest that children be at least 10 yrs. old before being baptized). Children & teens who are interested in baptism are welcome to attend Understanding Baptism. For those in 5th-9th grade, it is required that a parent attend along with your child. For those in 10th-12th grade, parents are welcome & encouraged to attend, but not required.
The next Understanding Baptism will take place sometime in Fall 2023. Stay tuned for dates and details!