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Instructions for the Baptized Ones
Resources and Materials - Baptism in cells

The term baptism is connected with various ideas and images in our country. That is why we feel it's important to explain how these things work according to the Bible and also practically. When we know what to expect and how things will go is good precondition for mutual understanding and peace.
In some cases we gave the baptized ones a short letter with the following practical instructions.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH ME WHEN I'M TO BE BAPTIZED

>>The most basic recommendation is to take a BATHING SUIT and a larger TOWEL.
>>If possible we also take on a T-SHIRT. (It cannot bleed colors especially in a public swimming pool!)
>>Also take CLEAN UNDERWARE to change into after the baptism.
>>A plastic bag will be handy to pack your wet things after the baptism.

HOW DOES IT GO

Calmly and cheerfully. You will be surrounded by friends who support you, love you, and who probably prayed for you so that you could get to know and accept Christ.

The baptism itself usually starts with those who will baptize you getting into the water first and you following them, standing between them (if there are two people).
One of the baptists will ask you a simple question, for example: “Do you believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose from the dead?” (The question may differ a bit.)
Your expected simple and loud enough answer is: “Yes.”

We recommend you to put your palms on your chest before getting immersed. The baptists will gently take you around your shoulders and on your arms resting on your chest.
By the instruction of Jesus (Matthew 28:19) one of the baptists will say: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
Next, the baptists will submerge you into the water for a second.
To make it easier you can actively crouch down a bit or bend your knees; consequently it'll be easier for you to get above the water. (And you will get less water into your nose J, some people like to plug their nose with their fingers).
The immersion is very short, there is nothing to be afraid of, the baptists will help you out of the water as well.

If you have any questions or doubts, ask your cell leader. To accept the Lord Jesus and to be baptized are great events in a person's life, that's why it's good to have things sorted out and clear. Some people have their specific doubts, so it's good to talk about them with more experienced believing friends.