Dearly Beloved: Baptism is the sign and seal of the new covenant of grace, the significance of which is attested by the apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans as follows:
“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death: in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection” (Romans 6:3–5).
The earliest and simplest statement of Christian belief, into which you now come to be baptized, is the Apostles’ Creed, which reads as follows:
“I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
“And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
“I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Church of Jesus Christ, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”
Will you be baptized into this faith? If so, answer, “I will.”
Response: I will.
Do you acknowledge Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, and do you realize that He saves you now?
Response: I do.
Will you obey God’s holy will and keep His commandments, walking in them all the days of your life?
Response: I will.
The minister, giving the full name of the person and using the preferred form of baptism—sprinkling, pouring, or immersion—shall say:
___________________, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.