Church of the Resurrection

Baptism and Renewal

What is Baptism?

What is the first step in our walk with God once we have accepted Jesus into our heart as Lord and Savior? That is the very question those who turned to the Lord on the day of Pentecost asked the Apostle Peter, "What shall we do?"(Acts 2:37)! Peter’s answer, which is still true for us today, was: "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 2:38).

The Apostle Paul describes baptism as “the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). In baptism, he explains, we receive the "Spirit of adoption and so become heirs of God” (Romans 8:15-17), and members of Christ’s body, the Church (I Corinthians 12:13).

What is Renewal of Baptism?

God is always faithful, even when we are not ("If we are faithless, he remains faithful.­” 2 Timothy 2:13) Thus, there is never a need to “rebaptize.” Rather, baptized adults who have spent some time away from God and his Church are invited to renew their baptism by publicly declaring that they desire to return to Jesus and His Church.

Those renewing their baptism come forward during a baptismal service to receive the prayers of our clergy, and may choose at that time to give a testimony of how God has worked in their life to bring them to renewal.

What should I do to begin or renew my walk with Jesus?

If you would like to return to God or you have never made a decision to ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior and to change you, here is a prayer you can pray:

Dear Jesus, I have disobeyed you throughout my life and I want your forgiveness. I want to be changed and I need your help. Please come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. You died on the cross so that I could be forgiven for my sins. Please forgive me and give me the gift of your Holy Spirit. Make me into the person you intended me to become. Help me to follow you the rest of my life. Amen.

If you’ve made this your prayer, please let us know and set up a time to pray with one of the pastors. The next step is to be baptized or renew your baptismal vows. At resurrection our process of preparation to be baptized or renew your baptismal vows is Alpha. Find out more about Alpha here.