Our Presbyterian Book of Order describes Baptism in this way (W-2.3000): Baptism is the sign and seal of incorporation into Christ. Jesus the risen Lord assured his followers of his continuing presence and power and commissioned them “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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:19 NRSV)
In Baptism we participate in Jesus’ death and resurrection. We die to what separates us from God and are raised to newness of life in Christ.
The water of Baptism symbolizes the waters of Creation, of the Flood, and of the Exodus from Egypt, linking us to the goodness of God’s creation and to the grace of God’s covenants with Noah and Israel. In his ministry, Jesus offered the gift of living water. So Baptism is the sign and seal of God’s grace and covenant in Christ.
Complete a request for baptism (to the right) and one of our Worship staff members will contact you with more information.