The Sacrament of Baptism

photo of pastor baptizing an infantThe word sacrament is the Latin translation of the Greek word mysterion. From the early days of the church, baptism was associated with the mystery that surrounds God’s action in our lives. Baptism is one of the two recognized sacraments in our church—the other being the Sacrament of Holy Communion (also referred to as “the Lord’s Supper” or “the Eucharist”). As recorded in the Bible in each of the canonical gospels, Jesus himself was baptized. The following summarizes our practice as United Methodists with regard to baptism.

  • photo of Lay Leader, pastor, and family members blessing an infant after baptismThrough baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
  • Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God’s love and forgiveness of our sins.
  • Persons of any age can be baptized.
  • We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
  • A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.

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