Dearly Beloved: Christian baptism is a sacrament signifying participation by faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and incorporation into His Body, the Church. It is a means of grace proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
The Apostle Paul declares that all who are baptized into Christ Jesus are baptized into His death. We are buried with Him through baptism so that just as Christ was raised from the dead, we too are raised to walk in newness of life. As we have been united with Him in His death, we will also be united with Him in His resurrection.
The Christian faith, into which you now come to be baptized, is affirmed in the Apostles’ Creed, which we confess:
The minister leads the congregation in the affirmation of the confession of faith.
“We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
“And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
“We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Church of Jesus Christ, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”
Will you be baptized into this faith?
Response: I will.
Do you acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and do you believe that He saves you now?
Response: I do by faith.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, will you follow Him all the days of your life, growing in grace and the love of God and neighbor?
Response: I will with God’s help.
The minister, giving the full name of the person and using the preferred form of baptism—sprinkling, pouring, or immersion—shall say:
_________________________, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.