If you are interested in becoming a member of Peninsular Christian Church we need for you to make an appointment to speak with Pastor Kent or Pastor Terry by contacting the office at 813-839-6027. We have people attending the church with many different church backgrounds; we want to make sure that each person has a clear understanding about the church. We have an information package that we would like for you to read and ask questions before committing to the church. Everyone is welcome!
What is the meaning of Baptism?
1. It illustrates Christ death and resurrection
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… and He rose again.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
2. It illustrates my new life as a Christian
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
“By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead…so also we may live a new life!”
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you; only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith….it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”
We Baptize by Immersion
Why? Because Jesus was baptized that way
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.”
Every Baptism in the Bible was by immersion. The word “Baptize” means to dip under water
(Example) “…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water….”
The Greek word baptizo means, “to immerse or dip under water”
Who should be Baptized?
Every person who has believed in Christ
“Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized….”
“Simon himself believed and was baptized…”
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News…and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
Please talk to one of the pastors is you would like to be baptized.
At Peninsular Christian Church, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.
We practice a “Child Dedication” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their children in the faith until the child is old enough to make his/her own personal confession of Christ. This is different from baptism talked about in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to believe.
Please talk to one of the Pastors if it is your desire to have your child or children dedicated.