If you are interested in being baptised here at NorthPark, first read through the below as it will give you perspective on how we view baptism here at NorthPark. Next, click here to download a helpful information sheet.
At NorthPark, we teach that baptism is the natural, immediate sequel of a new believer after accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord just as it was in the early church (Acts 16:23-34). Peter told new believers, "Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38).
Scripture goes on to say that “Those who believed... were baptized... that day!” (Acts 2:41). No delay or 10 week confirmation class was required.
Notice the sequence is 1. Repentance (or faith) and then 2. Baptism. Believing is always prior to being baptized.
• “Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized..” (Acts 2:41)
• “But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News... and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” (Acts 8:12)
• “Simon himself believed and was baptized...” (Acts 8:13)
If this sequence is delayed or left too long, it can become a struggle of a person's will and sometimes even his or her spiritual pride--plus it loses its significance as an initiatory rite (Baptism is an initiation, not a graduation). But a baptism any time is better than no baptism at all.
Though the Bible never talks about being re-baptized, we are happy to baptize those who were baptized by their parents as small children, but who now want to experience the joy of being baptized following their own personal, conscious confession of faith.
In being baptized, a believer reveals publicly that a coup has taken place in the secret recesses of his soul. They have overthrown and dethroned their own selfish ego and have put Jesus Christ on the throne of their life. Jesus and His Word now leads, directs, reigns, and rules their life.
We teach that Baptism does NOT confer salvation. Baptism is NOT a requirement for salvation but an immediate expression of it. Because of this we do NOT baptize young children--though we do "Dedicate" them. (See our section entitled "Dedication of Children" in our Statement of Faith).
Interestingly, the church never baptized children until the time of Augustine (354-430 AD) when members of the Catholic church made baptism a sacrament (in other words, a means of imparting grace). But because we, at NorthPark Community Church, still believe baptism expresses grace and does NOT impart it, we prefer to wait to baptize children until they're old enough to understand and to express their own personal faith.
At NorthPark, we Dedicate the children of parents who wish to communicate to fellow believers that it is their intention to raise their children in such a way that someday those children would embrace the faith.
Children are a gift, a reward, and a blessing from God.
The act of dedicating children to the Lord was a common practice of blessing amoung the people of God in both the Old and New Testament periods. In addition, it was also a statement of recognition on the part of the parents that their child really belonged to God. As Christians today, at NorthPark we dedicate children with the same purpose in mind.
In the Old Testament, Elkanah and Hannah dedicated their boy Samuel to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:21-28).
"So have I also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord."
In the New Testament, many parents brought their children to Jesus to be dedicated and blessed. Jesus Himself said, "Permit the children to come to me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shalt not enter it at all." And he took them to His arms and began blessing them, laying hands on them." (Mark 10:13-16)
In fact, even Jesus Himself was deicated and presented to the Lord by his parents, Joseph and Mary. "When the days for their purification according to the Law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him (Dedicate Him) to the Lord." (Luke 2:22)
Jesus was presented and Dedicated as part of His parent's commitment to follow God and to help Jesus completely fulfill the Law. Jesus was sent by God, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem mankind who was under the law. And though Jesus was without sin or guilt. He had to perform all the obligations of the Law (Matthew 5:17-18) and to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:15). Therefore, Jesus was voluntarily circumcised (Luke 22:21) and then Dedicated at the Temple (Luke 22:22-24).
What Dedication is NOT:
We do NOT dedicate children to fulfill God's Law. Because of Christ, we are no longer under the Law. We continue to dedicate children as a means for parents to express their commitment to God and their pledge to raise their children in a manner worthy of God.
Dedication is NOT the conferring of salvation upon a child, but rather a puplic expression of faith and commitment on the part of the parents (not the child), and of blessing on the part of God through His church.
Dediaction is NOT baptism. The act of dedicating our children to the Lord is not commanded by God. Baptism and Communion are done out of obedience to God and His commands.
This act by the parents is a prayerful declaration of their stewardship over God's gracious gift to them. It is also their pledge to do all they can, as God gives them wisdom, to raise their child to respect and honor God and to love and serve Jesus Christ.
We encourage parents to bring their children to our annual "Dedication Sunday" (in January) or to any one of our weekly Sunday Services to dedicate them to the Lord.
The dedication celebration is more than a ritual. It is more than a tradition. It is more than a special ceremony. It is a commitment on the part of the parents to honor the Will and the Word of God.
As a part of this dedication, you (as parents) are asked to:
Publically affirm your personal faith in Christ and renew your dedication to Him and His Word.
Reaffirm your lifelong vow and commitment to your spouse,
Pray daily for God's direction in your lives and in the lives of your children.
Teach your children, by word and example, the truths of God's Word in your home.
Faithfully participate in Sunday Celebration Services and other church activities with your children so they can learn about God's love and forgiveness and how to worship Him.
Anticipate and seek to gently lead your children to a personal faith in Christ as soon as they are ready.
Join with other parents in our church to help nurture all the children in our fellowship.
During the actual service:
Pastor Dave will confirm your love for the Lord, your love for each other, and your love for your child. Then he will say:
"Will you, with God's help, provide a Christian home for your child, where the Word of God is taught, where the community of God is valued, and where the Son of God is shared, so that your child has every opportunity to personally know and experience the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ?"
As Parents, you may simply respond, "We will".
Then Pastor Dave will turn to the congregation and say, "Will you, fellow members of the family of God, be faithful to your calling and commitment as brothers and sisters in Christ, to love and support this child and these parents so they may grow closer to each other and to the Lord?"
The congregation responds, "We will."
If you are interested in Dedicating your child in one of our services, please contact the Church Office at 29-North.
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Our Wedding Coordinator at NorthPark is Mrs. Belinda Dexter. Belinda is an organized, thourough, compassionate and thoughtful.
Contact Belinda Here.
"Those who live in the shadow of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1 When a death occurs, there can be a range of experiences--everything from immense pain and suffering to relief; from profound questioning to peace. Whatever the specifics of the experience, it can be a wonderful, helpful thing to be involved in a church when a loss occurs. It's an opportunity for God's people to demonstrate God's faithful and intimate love for people--a love that comforts, consoles, and heals.
As a Church, our primary goal during such times of loss is to provide pastoral and relational care for those who are left behind to grapple with grief. We strive to be exquisitely sensitive to the needs and emotions that arise as we walk together through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
Because of our distinctives as a Church, NorthPark Pastors, Staff, and members feel a special calling to reach out and tangibly assist those who've suffered a loss. We love seeing God's kindness, like a light, shed on those who experience the darkness of death.
Our Pastors and Staff are available to counsel, comfort, coordinate, and facilitate.
In addition to person-to-person encouragement and guidance, we provide pulications and resources which will provide essential information about options, facilities, and a host of other things that will save time, money, and additional heartache. Click here to download our publication "Funerals and Memorials at NorthPark Community Church".
Whether it's a Funeral or a Memorial Service, NorthPark knows how to meet the needs of family and friends who are faced with planning for what comes next.
When someone passes away, the details can be overwhelming. There are all sorts of arrangements to be made--from flowers to caskets, from programs to plots. We're here to assist so that you don't drown in decisions.
Many times the deceased person was (is) a person of faith. It is often possible to communicate in a tactful and sensitive but clear way the essence of their faith, affirming what was an important part of who that person was (is). In addition, people often ask the most profound life questions when someone they knew and cared about dies. It can be life changing for them to hear the simple truths of the gospel.
At NorthPark, we consider it a privilege to work with the family during this difficult time, getting a feel for who their loved one really was as an individual so that we can better put together a special service that really honors the life that has passed. We know how to specially tailor different elements to create moving and meaningful memorials.
What we really want you to know is that if you've come to this page because you've recently lost someone, we care about you.
If we can help, we'd love to. Contact the Church office at 29-North or e-mail us at info@northpark .com.
Best Books on "Grieving"
“God With Us, Grieving” N.T. Wright
“God of Hope and Healing” Chuck Colson
“Facing the Reality of Evil” Albert Mohler
“God Cares. God Loves. We Choose” Bishop Desmond Tutu
Best Books on Suffering and Evil:
“Evil and the Justice of God” N.T. Wright
“A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss” Jerry Sittser
“A Grief Observed” C.S. Lewis
“The Problem of Pain” C.S. Lewis
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