Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
In Old Testament days, the Hebrews had a rite called circumcision, in which an eight day old boy was marked as one of God’s special people. It wasn’t just a custom or ceremony with no meaning, but a specific act required by God to mark the child as one of God’s elect. It was at this point the child acquired an identity. He became one of God’s own people. It took no acquiescence on the part of the child, it didn’t require an exam, it didn’t matter what kind of people the parents were, because the child’s identity was linked with God Almighty.
In the New Testament, the rite of circumcision is transformed into the sacrament of holy baptism. At St. John, we believe that at the time of baptism, God supernaturally washes away the sin of the individual and restores to him/her the righteousness and holiness God originally intended. The baptized person now has an identity as a redeemed, restored, and forgiven member of God’s family, and an heir of eternal life.
If you would like to be baptized at St. John, please contact the church office.