Baptism is the church's proclamation and experience that we are who we are because God has first chosen us and loved us and called us into His kingdom. In Baptism, we participate in Jesus’ death and resurrection by dying to what separates us from God and by being raised to newness of life in Christ. (Romans 6:4,Colossians 2:12, 1 Peter 3:21).
Baptism is available to adults and children upon their profession of faith in Jesus Christ, as well as to the infants of parents who are members of MPPC. Parents wanting to reserve baptism for the time of their child's personal profession of faith in Christ may present their children for dedication. Baptism, whether administered to those who profess their faith or to those presented for Baptism as children, is one and the same Sacrament. The baptism of infants witnesses to the truth of God’s gracious initiative, that God loves us even before we are able to respond in faith. The baptism of adults and children (also called Believer’s baptism) witnesses to the truth that God’s grace can make us new creations at any stage of our lives.
Through baptism, an individual is joined to the Church universal, the body of Christ. As there is one body, there is one Baptism. (Ephesians 4:4-6). We recognize all Baptisms with water in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit administered by other Christian churches.
Learn more about baptism:
God is Still in the Resurrection Business, John Ortberg
Upcoming Baptism Dates
Believer’s Baptism: Easter Weekend, April 4 & 5, 2015, All campuses
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Student Ministries, Menlo Park campus, May 23 & 24, 2015
Infant Baptism: Menlo Park (950) campus, TBA