Why and How We Baptize

Baptism symbolizes our old self has died, as Jesus died, and our new self is risen, just as Christ rose from the dead. Baptism is intended to be our first way of identifying with Jesus and our first act of obedience to God. Through baptism we take on the name of Jesus Christ as a wife takes on the name of her new husband. The church is the bride of Christ and baptism in His name signifies submission to Christ as our Lord and head. Jesus said, "I and my Father are one." Jesus and God are one in Spirit and in incorruptible Flesh (2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 1:15-19*; Hebrews 1:1-3). Calling on the name of Jesus specifies who God the Father intends for us to follow. God has many names, and there are a myriad names of idol gods, but there is only one name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). It pleases God the Father to call on the name of His Son JESUS (Matthew 28:18; Colossians 1:19; 3:17; 2 Peter 1:17†; 1 John 2:23)! For they are one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; 10:30; Mark 12:29)

Other references: Isaiah 52:6 (John 8:28; 9:9); Zechariah 14:9; Matthew 3:17; 17:5 (Mark 1:11)†; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 15:20* (1 Peter 1:3, 4; Revelations 1:5); Ephesians 4:5, 6; 1 Timothy 2:5

If you would like to be baptized and/or desire to learn more, please attend the FRUITS™ Christians Anonymous preparation class. For an in-depth study of the Godhead, please sign up for FRUITS™ The Right Church series.

Classes are conducted in the summer at FRUITS U or by appointment only. Please contact your Home Study Group Facilitator to ensure class participation or to get information about the upcoming classes.

If you desire to make arrangements for your baptism and/or need accommodations please contact your Home Study Group Facilitator immediately or call us at 608.288.9466 or email: info@zioncity.org

If you have not been baptized since becoming a follower of Jesus, or just have questions contact your Home Study Group Facilitator or call us at 608.288.9466 or email us: info@zioncity.org

Baptismal Services

Baptismal Services may be conducted after prior arrangements are made. Candidates are encouraged to attend weekend services promptly at 12:00 noon and join in the worship. This will help provide focus and condition your mind for a more fulfilling experience during baptism. All adult and youth candidates must complete the Baptism form provided for you before baptism. Christians Anonymous Classes are strongly encouraged prior to being baptized. Baptismal candidates under the age of 12 must fully complete their Christians Anonymous classes.

All baptismal candidates are asked to report to the Baptismal area towards the end or immediately following services on the day or evening of the baptism to get prepared. If you have any questions, please call 608.288.ZION (9466).

Baptismal Attire in the form of a robe is provided for ALL candidates. In the event that no robe is available, please adhere to the following dress attire for Women and Men respectively:

Attire for Women

  • Black blouse or shirt
  • Black socks
  • Black clothing articles (skirt, dress, pants, jeans or khakis)
  • Dark underwear
  • Two Towels

Attire for Men

  • Black shirt and a Black T-shirt
  • Black socks
  • Black pants, jeans or khakis
  • Dark underwear
  • Two Towels

FRUITS™ U Class Status

If you have completed Christians Anonymous Classes and haven't been baptized and would like to be baptized or baptized again, please submit Baptism Registration Form. If you have not completed Christianity Anonymous please complete the NEXT STEPS Form.