“I… AM… BAPTIZED!!” – MARTIN LUTHER
Baptism is one of two sacraments practiced by Presbyterians (Communion is the other). The act of baptism is deceptively simple— in a handful of water, there is a deep well of mystery and meaning.
In baptism, we are called to a new way of life as Christ’s disciples, sharing the good news of the gospel with all the world.
Baptism is something for people of any age, but Presbyterians practice that you receive the sacrament of baptism just once (although we remember our baptism frequently!). This sacrament is celebrated in community: we make promises to God and the congregation makes promises to help and support the newly baptized in their faith journey.
Presbyterians describe baptism as an outward sign of the inward covenant made by God through Jesus and extended to us. In baptism, God claims us as beloved children and members of Christ’s body, the church, washing us clean from sin as we renounce the power of evil and seek the will and way of God. When we are baptized with water in the name of the Trinity, we share in Christ’s own baptism.
Can anyone be baptized?
Yes! Christ’s gracious invitation is open to all. However, baptism is but the beginning of a lifelong process of formation in the faith.
DO NON-PRESBYTERIANS NEED TO BE BAPTIZED WHEN JOINING THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.)?
Not if they were previously baptized. The PC(USA) recognizes all baptisms with water in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit administered by other Christian churches.
This page is adapted from an article published by The Presbyterian Leader. For the full version, visit pcusastore.com.