We at First on Fifth are deeply Baptist, which by that we mean that we honor the historic Baptist principles that guided our foremothers and fathers more than 400 years ago toward a free, uncoerced, personal experience of faith. At the heart of that Baptist identity is the practice of believer’s baptism, which is, as our friend and Baptist historian Bill Leonard would say, “an outward sign of an invisible grace.” We ask each person seeking baptism to say with their own lips “who is Lord?” It is a wonder of gift and grace for each to declare, uncoerced and
Baptism at First on Fifth is a communal practice, bearing witness within the womb of community to what has happened in an individual’s heart with Jesus. Their response to the gospel bears right and responsibility, and we celebrate what God has done through baptism.
Should you have a desire to talk more about baptism, please contact Emily Hull McGee.