Sacrament of Baptism
Concordia understands Baptism as God’s gift for ALL people. We take Jesus at his word when he gives his Great Commission in Matthew 28:19: Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Since the church began on Pentecost, this has involved the baptism of both adults (believer baptism) and infants and children (adoption baptism). Whether the Apostle Peter declaring in Acts 2:38-39, Be baptized everyone of you, for the forgiveness of sins… This gift (of baptism) is for you and your children… Or the Apostle Paul in Acts 16:33, who after meeting with a jailer, it says, "At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized."
Regardless of age or nationality or economic status, it is God who calls. It is God who claims us. It is God who places his name on us so that we are brought into His family. So we believe that Baptism is more than a “symbolic” action on our part. It is a “sacramental” action on God’s part.
Anyone desiring this gift is invited to call the church (828-464-3324) and speak with one of the pastors.