Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
This is what I would include in the bulletin the day of a baptism service. It emphasizes some important truths and responses of the people of God, the body of Christ.
Baptism is a clear command of the Lord Jesus Christ for all believers (Matt. 28:18-20). This is why it is one of the ordinances of the Christian Church (the Lord’s Supper being the other). Believer baptism in water reflects a prior inward cleansing (1 Pet. 3:21) when the person was born again (Jn. 3:3, 5), made a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17), and offers an opportunity for this new believer to profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ publicly.
Today as we celebrate the baptism of this new believer, we respond in the following four ways: