The Sacrament of Baptism
As "Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod" (LCMS) Lutherans, we totally believe in the words of Jesus when He said in Matthew 28:18-20: "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”We believe in infant baptism, which means that as soon as a child is born, baptism is a good thing to have on the "to-do" list as soon as possible.We do not believe only in infant baptism, however. Any person of any age, all the way to their dying breath, can be baptized and will receive the gifts of Baptism.
We also believe that baptism is necessary only once - it doesn't have to be "re-done" - because the miracle of baptism is that through the water that is sprinkled on the head of the baptized person, along with the Words from Scripture, "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost," the person has been washed clean of the original sin with which he/she was born and has been made a child of the Kingdom of Heaven. This is not to say that the person will never sin after baptism (it would be nice, but not happening), but the person has been cleansed from that original sin and can be in communion with God. The separation between the Holy God and the sinner has been broken down and we are free to come to God as a forgiven, holy child.
If you have ever seen a baptism down South (and other places, obviously, but this is where Ascension is - down South), you will know that there are churches which do total immersion in a tank or in another body of water, and some churches which only do baptisms on older, "of age" children/adults. Jesus was baptized as an adult, in the Jordan River, at the beginning of HIs ministry here on earth. Why was He even baptized since He had no sin and was already holy? (Matthew 3:13-17) Why do we Lutherans not follow this example and only baptize adults? Does the Bible stipulate an age limit on baptism? Do we need to immerse in a tank or a body of water to make the baptism "legitimate"?
For answers to these questions, and for answers to any other questions you may have concerning baptism, click here. This will connect you to a link on our LCMS denomination's website that has in-depth information on our beliefs and doctrine. If you are interested in being baptized, yourself, or some member of your family, please "Contact Us" from the menu item above.