Baptism & Communion

Here at Celebration International Church we observe two biblical ordinances rooted in the actions and teachings of Jesus Christ: Baptism and Communion. They represent both the individual, inward commitment to a personal relationship with Jesus and the corporate, outward sign of being connected to a local community of Christ followers—the local church.

Baptism FAQ's

What is the biblical foundation for Baptism?

Jesus' final recorded words to His followers before His ascension to heaven express the importance He placed on Baptism. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands His followers, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

 

Baptism does not provide salvation for an individual, but rather serves to identify publicly the individual as a follower of Christ. In passages such as Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47–48, the act of Baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. The New Testament records the Baptisms of adult believers only. In Romans 6:1–11, the apostle Paul describes the immersion of Baptism as a means through which the believer identifies with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ: Going under the water represents Christ’s death—and a believer's death to sin; coming out of the water illustrates His resurrection and the believer's new life in Christ.

Am I spiritually ready for Baptism?

Once someone professes faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, the Bible says they should proclaim the life change that has occurred—the watching world needs to know. Baptism has always stood as a public testimony for people who have become believers in Christ.

 

If you have come to this point in your spiritual journey, then you are ready to be baptized.

How do I get Baptized at CIC?

If you are ready to get baptized, you will need to complete the following three steps:

 

STEP ONE: Complete a Baptism Registration Form
 
If you intend to be baptized at CIC, please complete a Baptism Application by clicking here.

 

STEP TWO: Attend a Baptism Information Class
 

In the weeks leading up to the Baptism weekend, each participant is asked to attend a baptism class. At these meetings, a CIC pastor reviews the church’s statement on the biblical basis for Baptism and answers any questions you may have. A staff member explains the logistics of check-in and the order of events during the Baptism service. The Baptism team is also available after these meetings to address any further spiritual questions you may have.

 
STEP THREE: Get Baptized!
 

Plan to arrive 45 minutes prior to the service. A brief, pre-service meeting provides you with final details of the Baptism service. Meeting location will be posted in the main foyer.
 

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Communion FAQ's

What is the biblical foundation for Communion?

Jesus' Last Supper, the Passover meal He shared with His disciples on the night before He was crucified, is the biblical foundation for the Communion meal celebrated in His honor by Christians all over the world today. With His twelve friends gathered around Him for the traditional Jewish Passover meal, Jesus "took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, 'This is My body, given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.' In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you'" (Luke 22:19–20).

Who can take Communion?

Communion is "the believer's meal,"intended for Jesus' followers, by which they acknowledge and remember His work on the cross—the ultimate sacrifice made on our behalf for the forgiveness of the sins of humankind. CIC extends an "open" Communion table, meaning the invitation to receive Communion during a service is open to any follower of Christ, regardless of membership at CIC, denominational affiliation, or spiritual tradition. Anyone who has accepted His forgiveness and surrendered their lives to Him is invited to share the Communion table at CIC.

 

Those investigating Christianity who have not yet made a commitment of faith through Jesus Christ are encouraged to simply let the Communion plate pass by, utilizing that portion of the service to pray and invite God's activity into their investigation of faith.

When is Communion celebrated?

Communion is regularly celebrated during the first Sunday service of each month. 

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