What is the significance of Baptism?
The United Methodist Church believes that baptism is one of the two sacred acts that Jesus commanded his followers to practice. Throughout Christian history, baptism has been understood as the “sacrament of initiation” or entry into a life in Christ. We do not believe it is necessary for salvation, but it marks the beginning of the journey of faith and discipleship that lasts throughout a lifetime.
What do Methodists believe regarding Baptism?
As United Methodists, we believe that the community of believers within the church is in a covenant relationship with God, and when baptized, a person becomes part of the church and is brought into that covenant. We believe that all this happens because of God’s grace, the unmerited, unconditional love of God for the world. Baptism is the outward act that symbolizes the cleansing, renewing, and life-giving grace of God we experience within our hearts.
I was baptized earlier in life but would like to do it again. Can I be baptized again?
Since we view baptism as a gift from God we do not believe there is ever a need to be re-baptized. God got it right the first time, regardless of who else participated, when, or where it happened. The United Methodist Church recognizes and honors all Christian baptisms.
Why do United Methodist churches baptize infants?
Because we believe that God’s grace reaches us before we ask for or even know that we need it, United Methodists believe in the baptism of infants, children, and people who cannot make the decision themselves to be baptized. It is a powerful expression of the fact that God’s love and grace are offered to us even when we are unable or before we begin to respond to God.
I’m ready to join HPUMC but I haven’t been baptized. What’s next?
We encourage you to attend the 4-week long class, What We Believe, held three to four times a year. It will cover the basics of our faith and what it means to be baptized in the United Methodist tradition. To schedule a baptism, contact Leslie Watson, 214.523.2122, .
How can I plan for my child to be baptized?
We believe that by choosing to have your child baptized, you are being connected to the body of Christ, the larger church family of HPUMC. Therefore, it is our policy that at least one parent or grandparent must be a member of Highland Park United Methodist Church for your child to be baptized in one of our services. Click here for more information.