How do I get baptized or have my children baptized?
Schedule a meeting with Pastor John to learn more about baptism (310-821-2740).
Fill out the application for baptism (available in the church office) and set a date.
After the date is set, schedule a short pre-service meeting with Pastor to go over what will happen on the day of the baptism.
Why do we baptize?
Because Jesus told us to! At the end of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus told His disciples: “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 everything I have commanded you” Mt. 28:19-20a.
What is baptism?
Baptism is simply the application of water connected to the Word of God. It is a great gift of God that delivers to us the benefits of Jesus’ perfect life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection. Through the Holy Spirit, given in baptism, we receive the forgiveness of sins and a new life as God’s child that begins now and continues for all eternity.
Why baptize infants?
Infants are baptized for the same reason adults are baptized—because of the command and promise of God. They are included in the words “all nations” Mt. 28:19. Jesus specifically invites little children to come to Him Luke 18:15-17. Most important, as sinners, infants need what baptism gives.
I’ve already been baptized.
Do I need to be baptized again to be part of First Lutheran?
You don’t need to be baptized again, provided you were baptized in a Christian church in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
“One Lord, one faith, one baptism”—Eph. 4:5.
May my child be baptized at First Lutheran if I am not a member?
May I be baptized as an adult?
Absolutely! For adults, instruction in the Christian faith precedes baptism, following Biblical precedent – Acts 8:26-39, 16:25-33
May I have a private baptism?
Since baptism is a celebration of a person coming into the Body of Christ within the context of the gathered community of faith, First Lutheran encourages baptisms to be a part of the regularly scheduled worship services. Due to health concerns and other circumstances, a baptism during worship services may not be possible.
The Blessings of Baptism, According to God’s Word – Acts 2:38
And Peter said to them: “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit – Acts 22:16
And now, why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name. – Galatians 3:26-27
In Christ Jesus, you are all children of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. – Ephesians 5:25b-26
Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word. – 1 Peter 3:21
Baptism….now saves you...through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. – Romans 6:3-5
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly be united with him in his resurrection.