What is baptism?

Baptism has been a Christian symbol since the time of Jesus (Matthew 3:1-6). It involves applying water to Christians to symbolize their death to the old way of life (Romans 6:3-4) and their new life God provides (Galatians 3:26-27). Baptism, a sacramental “means of grace,” seals one’s intention to follow God (Acts 2:37-41, 8:35-39, 10:44-48). The Bible never defines how much water was applied or how. Therefore, the Church of the Nazarene considers immersion, sprinkling, and pouring all to be acceptable methods of baptism.

Nazarenes also understand baptism to be a symbol of the new relationship God establishes with His people. Because of this, some Nazarenes choose to have their young children baptized as a symbol of their intention to raise their children in God’s Church and their hope to see that their children choose God’s ways when they are older.

What is baby dedication?

Baby Dedications are where a family is dedicating their child to Christ and is committing to raise the child and teach him or her Christian principles.  Public baby dedications take place in a worship service four times per year.  Private baby dedications are also available for parents, family and friends who prefer a more intimate setting that is designed specifically for them.

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Material borrowed from hpnaz.org and nazarene.org