“The promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.” - Acts 2:39
We believe that baptism is a sacrament of the Lord Jesus Christ wherein the washing with water in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, signifies and seals our engrafting into Jesus Christ, the partaking of the benefits of the Gospel, and our engagement to be the Lord’s.
We consider all baptisms administered with water, in the Name of the Trinity, by one duly authorized and ordained, to be valid.
Baptism on Profession of Faith
For those newly professing their faith in Jesus Christ, baptism is administered when their faith is professed publicly for the first time and they take their baptismal vows.
We believe that children of believers are members of Christ’s visible and external Church by birthright and are therefore entitled to the sacrament of baptism. Normally, at least one parent should be a member and currently on the roll at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Parents are asked to schedule their child’s baptism at least a month before their requested baptism date (please contact our office for baptism dates). We will do our best to honor requested baptism dates and service time preferences in accordance with these guidelines, and in the order in which requests are received.
Why do we baptize infants?
We believe that baptism is:
- A sign and seal of God’s covenant promise to grant the benefits signified by it to all who exercise faith in the redemptive work of Christ alone;
- To be applied to a child of believing parents, and marks entrance into the covenant community.
We do not believe that baptism creates in, or confers the grace of salvation to, any child (or adult). It does not wash away sins. Rather, salvation comes only through trusting by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 95
Q. To whom is baptism to be administered?
A. Baptism is not to be administered to any that are out of the visible church, till they profess their faith in Christ, and obedience to him; but the infants of such members of the visible church are to be baptized.