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I am so thankful for your decision to respond to the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and to follow His command to be baptized. Through this sacred act of obedience, you declare your allegiance to Him as your only hope in this life and the one yet to come. We so look forward to hearing your story of God at work in you! Thank you for inviting us into this step of faithfulness on your spiritual journey. - Rick Dunn

What we believe about baptism

  • Baptism is a personal and public declaration that you are a follower of Jesus Christ
    It is a beautiful picture of what Christ has done for us in his death, burial, and resurrection; and of your identification with the work He's done for you. See Galatians 2:20-21

  • Baptism does not save us.
    Followers of Jesus Christ are saved from their sins only by God’s grace. Baptism does not contribute to our salvation. Some believe and teach that baptism is a necessary part of salvation, that you can’t truly be a follower of Jesus until you’ve been baptized. Fellowship Church strongly disagrees with this teaching. See Ephesians 2:8-9.

  • Believer's Baptism
    Fellowship Church practices what is called Believer’s Baptism, which means that we only baptize those people who have made a personal commitment of their lives to Jesus Christ. We encourage everyone who names Jesus as their Lord and Savior to be baptized. See Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:41, Acts16:33-34.

Why we baptize

  • Baptism brings glory to God.
    Publicly declaring your faith in Jesus Christ is an act of worship. Sharing your spiritual story and faith in Him can encourage other Believers, as well as point the way for those who don't yet know Christ. They can see how you chose to follow Him and realize that they could, too!

  • We baptize because Jesus told us to.
    When Jesus gave the church its marching orders, He said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20

How we baptize

  • We baptize by immersion.
    The Greek word in the Bible that is translated “baptize” literally means “to immerse.” Immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and it also symbolizes the completeness of your commitment to Him.

  • Choose someone to baptize you
    This is a beautiful aspect of Fellowship baptisms. Often people are baptized by a mentor or friend who invited them to church and helped them on their spiritual journey toward becoming a follower of Jesus. However, if you prefer to be baptized by a pastor or elder,  just contact Grace McNeilly at gmcneilly@fellowshipknox.org.

  • We baptize people in the name of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)

  • We take time to hear the story of how you came to be a follower of Jesus.
    Telling your story makes your baptism a more personal experience for you and for those who are present. Often people in the congregation will connect with your story in a way that really inspires them. That connection can become a pathway for them to move closer to Jesus!

 

Guidelines for sharing your story

Part of the baptism process at Fellowship is to share your story with the body of Christ. We simplify this by creating a short 2-3 minute video about your spiritual journey. Here are three key points we try to make in each video.

  • Background
    This is how you came to know Christ and made this decision. Did you grow up in church? Where did your journey begin? What influenced you to make this decision? Keep in mind this is not your life’s story but your spiritual story about how you came to know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

  • Thanks to key people
    Who was instrumental in leading you to Christ? This could be how you introduce the person who will baptize you if it is someone other than a Fellowship pastor.

  • Statement of Faith
    This is the purpose of the entire video, your public profession of faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Here are some ways to help prepare for the day of the video shoot:
  • Write down your thoughts as you answer the questions above.
  • Please do not name previous denominations to avoid unnecessarily offending anyone.
  • Choose photos to accompany your story and bring them with you on the day of the video shoot.

 

Apply for a Baptism at Fellowship

Listen

Listen to this message from Rick Dunn about Baptism at Fellowship.

  • Welcome

  • Why Fellowship Baptizes

  • What Baptism Means

  • Why Baptism Is Important to Your Spiritual Journey

Apply

After you've listened to the message, apply online to schedule a baptism at Fellowship.

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