How to Baptise


Here are a few tips to help make the baptismal service a memorable and meaningful worship experience.

Baptism is the outward testimony of the believer’s inward faith. A sinner is saved the moment he places his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Baptism is a visible testimony to that faith. Water baptism is the ordinance representing the identification of the Christian with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You are “crucified” (standing in water), you are “buried” (immersed into the water), and you are “resurrected into life” (raised out of the water) Rom. 6:3-5. We are not saved by baptism, but by faith in Jesus Christ (1 John 1:7) (Col 1:14). Jesus did not die for his own sins; he had none. Instead, by a transaction that we may never fully understand, he died for the sins of the world. When we commit our lives to Christ and thus identify ourselves with him, his death becomes ours. He has paid the penalty for our sins, and his blood has purified us.

1. Baptism is established by God (John 1:33).
2. It is an example shown by our Lord (Mathew 3:16).
3. It is the last commandment (Mathew 28:18-20).
4. It is the decision by God (Luke 7:30).
5. It is a doctrine (Acts 2:38).
6. It is good conscious to the Lord (1Pet 3:21).
7. It is the righteousness of God (Mathew 3:15)

Always be intentional and worshipful in your approach to this ordinance. Make it special.

I give this instruction a week before the Baptism.
On the day of your Baptism, you will need to bring 2 towels and a change of clothes. While being Baptized. please plan to wear loose-fitting clothes that cover your arms and knees.

Always give baptismal candidates an opportunity to share their new birth experience with you before you baptize them. If the testimony is unclear, take the opportunity to lead them through a clear profession right then. Explain that you love them and want them to have complete confidence, in the years to come, that their decision was valid. Most will appreciate the opportunity to nail down this life-changing decision.

Invite family and friends of baptismal candidates to the baptismal service. The baptismal service presents a wonderful opportunity for testimony.

In a prebaptism session, explain the beautiful symbolism of baptism. Explain them that it is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Explain that when they go under the water the end of the old life is pictured and as they come up out of the water it is a picture of the beginning of new life in Christ. Ask them to focus their thoughts on these beautiful pictures during the baptism itself.
During the prebaptism session, explain the mechanics of the baptismal service. Many new believers have never seen a person baptized. Show them the baptismal pool. Explain how and where they should stand and how they should position their hands. Some pastors prefer that the candidate fold his or her hands together at about chest height. Others ask the candidate to grasp the wrist of the pastor.

As the person to be baptized stands in the water with the pastor, ask those who are family and friends of the person to stand. Then invite others in the congregation to stand with the person. As these are standing, lead a special prayer for this person.

Place your left hand on the back or shoulder of the person to be baptized.

Ask the person to bend his or her knees as you lower the person into the water. Pause for a second (literally) just as the person’s back is floating on the surface of the water. Just before the person is immersed, gently close their nostrils with your fingers. Lower the person just until the face is under the water. Then gently raise the person out of the water.

Some pastors quote an appropriate Scripture as the person is immersed and raised. For example, you might say, “Buried with Him by baptism unto death,” as you lower the person, and, “Raised to walk in newness of life,” as you raise the person from the water. Close with prayer.