Congratulations!

Citymark Church celebrates your personal faith in Jesus Christ and your interest in baptism! Baptism is a significant step in your spiritual journey with Christ and we look forward to sharing this experience with you!

If you wish to be baptized at Citymark Church, below is the process for scheduling and preparing for your baptism:

1. Read ALL Contents of this Packet.

2. Submit Baptism Request Form and Testimony before announced deadline (if applicable). A staff member or church leader will review your application and contact you to either con rm your baptism date or to review your application with you.

3. Invite your family and friends to witness your baptism and celebrate with you!

If you have any questions or concerns as you work though this process we are here to help. Please don’t hesitate to call! We look forward to celebrating your baptism with you!

Email: lindah@citymarkchurch.org
Phone: 281.554.4200 (Ask for Linda Hunt)
Web: citymarkchurch.org

 
GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING WATER BAPTISM

1. Water Baptism is formally scheduled when we have received your testimony and packet information. (We will contact you if we have any questions.)
Note: Please be aware that your testimony will be shared aloud at the baptism by one of our staff pastors. If you would like a modified version of your testimony to be shared, please let us know when we contact you.

2. People scheduled to be baptized must attend a brief baptism orientation meeting, usually the day of their baptism. Once your baptism is scheduled, you will be given more details as to the time/date of the meeting.

3. Baptizing another person isn’t restricted to pastors in the Bible. The only requirements for someone to baptize another person is that they themselves are followers of Christ who have been baptized after receiving Christ as their Savior. You should feel free to ask anyone to baptize you who has been obedient to Christ in this way, however we do ask that they be at least 18 years of age. This person can be a parent, group leader, friend or mentor. This person will need to attend the baptism orientation briefing with you. *We ask that only the person baptizing you be at this briefing.*

4. Please invite your family and friends to witness your baptism and to celebrate with you! This is your opportunity to share with them, in a public way, what Jesus has done in your heart and to witness your faith in Him as Lord and Savior. It’s your chance to share your “faith story” through the picture of baptism!
 
GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING WATER BAPTISM

ONCE WE HAVE RECEIVED YOUR TESTIMONY, WE WILL CONTACT YOU WITH A DATE AND TIME FOR YOUR BAPTISM! YOU WILL ALSO BE GIVEN A DATE/TIME FOR THE BAPTISM ORIENTATION BRIEFING.
 
PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WITH YOU

1. Clothes that can go under the water. We baptize by immersion, so you will go all the way under the water.

• Men: wear shorts or swimming trunks and colored t-shirt
• Ladies: shorts and t-shirt (no white/see-through; no bathing suits)

2. Dry clothes into which you can change (including underwear).

3. Plastic bag for your wet clothes
 
ADULT BAPTISM STUDY GUIDE

People from Citymark Church come from various denominational backgrounds with different points of view of baptism. This information should help you understand a biblical point of view whether you are new to the Christian faith or you are a Christian but have not been baptized after accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior.
 
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?

All who have trusted Jesus Christ as their savior should be baptized. Baptism was given expressly and exclusively to those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, alone for the forgiveness of sin and a right relationship with God. It is an expression of one’s faith in Jesus Christ, trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
 
ESSENTIAL BELIEFS ABOUT THE PERSON OF JESUS:

1. Jesus is God.
John 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2. Jesus became a man.
John 1:14 - And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Philippians 2:7 - but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

3. Jesus is the only way to Heaven.
John 14:6 - Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Acts 4:12 - And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
 
ESSENTIAL BELIEFS ABOUT THE WORK OF JESUS:

1. Jesus lived a perfectly obedient life.
Hebrews 4:15 - For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in even, respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

2. Jesus died as a substitute for me.
I Peter 3:18 - For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.

3. Jesus rose from the grave.
Romans 10:9 - because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
I Corinthians 15:17- And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
 
WHAT BAPTISM MEANS AND DOESN’T MEAN:

Baptism is a symbol of the salvation that has already taken place in your life! Baptism does not save you, only faith in Jesus Christ alone saves.

Baptism is an outward sign that a person has entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what takes place inwardly at the time of salvation:

• Acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
• Sharing in His death and resurrection.
• Being symbolically washed clean.

Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is also an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God.

A good way to understand baptism is to look at a wedding ring. A wedding ring is worn by people who’ve committed their life in marriage to their mate. The ring doesn’t make them married but shows a reality (their marriage) that has already taken place and so it is with baptism. Baptism doesn’t save you. It shows your salvation in Jesus Christ has taken place.
 
WHEN TO BE BAPTIZED:

One should be baptized as soon as possible after accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Acts 8:35-38 - Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

Acts 2:41-Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
 
“WHY” BE BAPTIZED:

Christ commanded it.
Matthew 28:19-20 — “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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

It follows Christ’s example.
Mark 1:9-10 — “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.”

It’s a public profession of your faith.
Acts I 8:8 — “Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.”
 
HOW DO WE BAPTIZE:

The Greek word for baptism, baptizo, literally means to immerse or dunk, and this is the word used to describe Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist. Because Jesus modeled this act for us, we baptize by immersion. The bible gives us the method of baptism in the baptism of Jesus.
 
WHAT ABOUT OTHER METHODS OF BAPTISM?

Citymark Church accepts other methods of baptism, such as sprinkling, if the person accepted Christ before the baptism and knew they were making a public profession of their acceptance of Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. However, the mode of baptism Citymark Church practices is immersion.

Matthew 3:16 — As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.

Colossians 2:12 — For when you were baptized you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.” (Immersion pictures this reality.)
 
WHAT ABOUT INFANT BAPTISM?

A person has not been baptized, as explained in scripture, if he was christened as an infant or child (or at any age) before beginning a personal relationship with Christ. While we celebrate the love and blessing of parents, in the Bible we see baptism occurring only after a person has made a conscious choice to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
 
WHAT ABOUT BEING BAPTIZED AGAIN?

Citymark Church recommends that you be baptized if you have not been baptized by immersion AFTER accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You don’t need to be baptized again if you have been baptized after accepting Jesus Christ but have struggled and are now renewing your commitment. If you are seeking to rededicate your life to God the best action is to get connected in a Connect Group and focus on growing your relationship with God in community with other believers.
 
BAPTISM REQUEST FORM

Please complete all information requested. This information is important to us in communicating with you as we prepare for your baptism. Please check your email often as this is how we will usually correspond.

We will begin Baptizing at the conclusion of our 10:45am Worship Experience.
 
Please enter your first and last name. *

 
Please enter best phone number: *

 
Please enter your date of birth. *

 
What is your shirt size: *

Adult Size

 
State briefly why you want to be baptized? *

 
MY TESTIMONY OR “GRACE STORY” *

Please upload a word document state brie y how and when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. This is called YOUR TESTIMONY or your GRACE STORY! Below is a good outline to get you started and to help you organize what you want to say.

Note: Please be aware that your testimony will be shared aloud at the baptism by one of our staff pastors. If you would like a modified version of your testimony to be shared, please let us know when we contact you.

1. Introduce yourself and tell a little about your life before deciding to fully follow Jesus.

2. How/when did you invite Jesus Christ to forgive your sin, be your Lord, and lead every area of your life?

3. Your public profession of faith in Jesus.
(Some examples: I’m here today to let you know that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior; Today I publicly profess my faith in Jesus Christ. He is the Lord of my life; I receive his forgiveness, his healing, his power and his grace as he leads me to follow him with my life.)

4. Why do you want to be Baptized?
 
Please complete all information requested. *

This information is important to us in communicating with you as we prepare for your baptism. Please check your email often as this is how we will often correspond.

Invite your family and friends to witness your baptism and celebrate with you!

If you have any questions or concerns as you work though this process we are here to help. Please don’t hesitate to call! We look forward to celebrating your baptism with you!

Email: info@citymarkchurch.org
Phone: 281.554.4200