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In the Seventh-day Adventist Church, water baptism by submersion is an important and symbolic rite that holds particular significance.

1. Believer’s Baptism: The Seventh-day Adventist Church practices what is commonly known as “believer’s baptism.” This means that individuals are baptized by submersion only after they have made a personal decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Infant baptism is not a common practice in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

2. Baptismal Preparation: Before undergoing water baptism, individuals typically go through a period of instruction and preparation. This educational process helps candidates understand the significance of baptism, the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and what it means to live a Christian life.

3. Baptismal Ceremony: The actual baptismal ceremony usually takes place during a worship service or a special baptismal service.

Here’s an overview of the typical process:

Location: Baptisms in the Seventh-day Adventist Church can occur in various locations, including church baptisteries, natural bodies of water like lakes or rivers, or specially designed baptismal pools within the church.

Immersion: The candidate is fully immersed in water by a pastor or qualified church leader. This immersion is usually done in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The act of immersion symbolizes the believer’s identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Declaration of Faith: Before being baptized, candidates may make a public declaration of their faith and commitment to Jesus Christ, often sharing a brief testimony of their faith journey.

Prayer and Blessing: Following the immersion, a prayer of dedication and blessing is offered for the newly baptized believer.

4. Certificate: After baptism, individuals are often presented with a baptismal certificate as a tangible reminder of their commitment to Christ.

5. Membership: In the Seventh-day Adventist Church, baptism is a prerequisite for full church membership. After baptism, individuals become members of the local church and are encouraged to participate in the church community and its activities.

Water baptism by submersion in the Seventh-day Adventist Church is a significant and spiritually meaningful event. It represents a public declaration of faith and a commitment to live in accordance with the teachings of Christ. It is seen as a vital step in the journey of faith and spiritual growth for individuals within the Seventh-day Adventist faith tradition.