Jesus commanded us to make disciples and to baptise them: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20).
For this reason, believer's baptism is a requirement of church membership in OCC, and many other churches.
Baptism is a wonderful blessing, because it provides:
- Washing for dirty people (Acts 22:16, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Titus 3:3-7)
- Burial for dead people (Romans 6:1-14)
- Oneness for separated people (Ephesians 2:11-13)
- Fullness for empty people (Matthew 3:16, Acts 2:38-41, 10:44-48)
- Family for lonely people (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Ephesians 2:14-18, 4:4-6)
Many people in OCC have found baptism to be a key moment in their spiritual life, which took them into a new season of life in Christ.
The Bible describes baptism as a part of becoming a Christian through personal repentance and faith in Jesus. Since this is only possible when an individual is old enough to make their own choice, we invite Christians who were christened as children to be baptised as believers.
When baptising under-18s, we consult closely with parents and others (e.g. youth leaders, Christian teachers), as part of ensuring that it is a meaningful moment for them, for which they are ready.