Baptism is a major celebration in the Baptist church. The Baptist Faith and Message describes baptism this way:
“Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.”
As worship leaders, we should strive to make baptisms more memorable for our people to really celebrate the occasion. Here are a few ideas you can incorporate into your baptism services.
Prepare video testimonies of the person being baptized. Not only is this a great way to share the person’s testimony in a succinct and powerful way, but it also provides a smooth transition as the person can get into the baptistry while the video is being shown. Prerecording the testimony allows for editing the finished product to a strong presentation. In the testimony interview, ask questions that can really impact lives of the hearers as they are presented with the gospel message.
Include testimonial salvation songs for the congregation to sing as a response to the baptism, helping them remember their personal salvation and the joy that has brought to their lives. There are a few songs specific to baptism, such as the traditional hymn, “Baptized in Water.”
Consider holding the baptism in a lake, river or other venue outside of the church for a special gathering.
Present a baptism T-shirt for the person to remember their baptism and be a witness to friends when worn.
Have family and others that were instrumental in the person’s salvation and discipleship to stand during the baptism.
Let the person being baptized choose someone important to their faith to pray for them after they are baptized.
Have a reception after the service to celebrate.
If you have more than one service, be sure to share the testimony videos and baptism information with congregants in the other service so they are included in the celebration.
Recognize baptism anniversaries by sending a card, making a call or visit to help the person remember the day. Use the contact as a way to check up on their discipleship progress.
A candle can be lit after the baptism as the person is reminded that they are to shine the light of the gospel to the world around them.
Ask the congregation to covenant to pray for and support this person in their discipleship journey.
Invite a family member to read a relevant Scripture passage.
What would you add to the list? Please add your ideas in the comments below.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a lightly edited version of a post that originally appeared at RenewingWorshipNC.com.