Baptism & Communion

baptism

BAPTISM


Baptism is symbolic of death and rebirth, a sort of phoenix being reborn from the ashes. The watery grave buries the old sinner, and when you rise, you rise a new person in Christ. And as Christians, it’s taken very seriously. Without attempting to justify any particular position, it is important to assert that baptism is in some mysterious sense a “means of grace,” in which God sanctifies and encourages His people. The ceremony is both a solemn and a joyful one, where we recognize that the Holy Spirit is involved and present at the baptism of each person. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:37-41; Acts 22:16)

Baptism is not merely a responsibility but also a privilege. We have the opportunity to evidence our trust in and love for our King through obedience in this ordinance. If we think of baptism as a mere burden, we have not properly understood the joy of following Christ in the call to be baptized. We should have a similar response as the Ethiopian eunuch who, when he believed the gospel, proclaimed, “What prevents me from being baptized?” It should be our joy, and we should eagerly anticipate our participation in the ordinance.
The desire to be baptized should be motivated by a desire to glorify God in faithful obedience. Any other motivation (to join a particular local church, to please a friend or family member, etc.) should not be the ultimate reason for seeking to be baptized.

If you are interested in being baptized, please contact the church office at ubc@ubcstj.org.

What About Infants or Young Children?
The Bible shows no example of a baptism when the individual did not request it. All instances of baptism followed an individual’s personal decision to receive Christ as Savior. At UBC, we wait until a child is old enough to understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. UBC offers an opportunity for parents to “dedicate” their children and themselves to God through a child/parent dedication celebration. In this dedication, parents pray for God’s blessings on their child, committing themselves to raising them in a way that is pleasing to God. It is a beautiful and meaningful experience!  Dedications are generally held twice a year in the spring and autumn. For more information email ubc@ubcstj.org.

COMMUNION


Communion is the outward sign of the inward work of Christ. Feasting on Christ strengthens and sustains our faith on a regular basis, so at UBC we take communion once a month, usually on the first Sunday of the month. We also may celebrate communion in our FAITH groups on occasion as well. Baptism and understanding of faith is what we ask of everyone who partakes of communion.