"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." -Matthew 28:19
Jesus left two ordinances for Christians to do here on earth. They are communion and baptism. Both are reserved for people who have willingly and personally accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Baptism is an act of obedience for the believer. It is also a symbol of the believer’s identification with Jesus’ life, death and resurrection as described by Paul in Romans 6:3-4.
The believer testifies in baptism that he/she was in Christ when He was judged for our sin, buried with Him and raised to newness of life. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward profession. The person being baptized is communicating to those around them what has taken place in their hearts.
At least twice per year at Calvary Chapel of Clayton, we offer the opportunity to be baptized. Before a baptism service, we hold a short baptism class so that those being baptized fully understand the meaning of the ordinance.
It is important to note that we do not baptize infants; instead we dedicate them to the Lord.