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Baptism is a command Jesus gave to His Church: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19).  Thus your baptism is a sign of your obedience to Christ.
 
Baptism was universally practiced in the early church (Acts 2:38, 41; 8:12, 36-38; 9:18; 10:47; 16:14-15; 18:8; 19:5).  The idea of an un-baptized Christian is completely unknown in the New Testament.  When you are baptized, you get into step with the biblical norm.  Baptism is an outward, physical symbol of an inward, spiritual reality.
Baptism is an outward, physical symbol of an inward, spiritual reality.
Baptism is an act of identification with...
...Christ Himself, a sign that you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  The Bible speaks of baptism "in the name of Jesus Christ" (Acts 2:38, 8:16).  The Bible makes it very clear that, although you were once separated from Christ, you now belong to Him.  Your baptism is your public statement that you are not ashamed of identifying yourself as a follower of Jesus, and that you have entered into the realm of His power and Lordship.
 ...His salvation, a sign that you have accepted Christ's sacrifice on the cross for you.  The waters of baptism symbolize the washing of your sin, which Jesus did on the cross (Acts 22:16; Hebrews 10:22; 1 Corinthians 6:11).  Being buried under the water and rising up again from it symbolizes your death to the old life and your rising as a new creature to live a whole new way - Christ's way (Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Ephesians 2:1-4).
...God's people, a sign that you belong to the people of God.  When you trusted in Christ, you entered His family.  Baptism is a public way to show that this is true (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).  It has nothing to do with membership in a particular church, but is symbolizing your passage from the old way of life into the new.  It also signifies your passage out of the world-system and into the community of God's people.
You must always remember that
salvation does not depend in any way on baptism.
 The Bible teaches clearly that you are saved entirely by the grace of God through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Baptism does not literally wash away sin or make you a new creature; rather it is a symbol of those things.  But baptism is the normal biblical way to declare the reality of your saving faith in Jesus Christ.
You should not be baptized unless you have
first experienced that reality: personal saving faith in Christ.
Since baptism is an outward, physical symbol of an inward, spiritual reality, baptism is for believers only.  You may have been baptized as a child before you made a personal decision to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord.  If so, we strongly encourage you to be baptized again, this time as a believer, to express the true saving relationship you now have with Jesus Christ.
 
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Because baptism is a public proclamation of the reality of your faith, it is also a wonderful witness for Christ.  As those who being baptized tell about what Jesus has done in their lives, it is impossible for anyone watching to avoid hearing the good news of hope in Christ. Thus you are encouraged to invite unsaved friends and relatives to attend this special event in your life.
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What About Premartial Counseling?
Three to six sessions of premarital counseling are required of all couples.   Normally this consists of weekly sessions of about 1.5 hours each.
Who Can the Pastor Marry?
Some people want a "Church" wedding because they are dedicated Christians and recognize the place of religious faith in their marriage.  Others aren't really all that religious but for some reason they really want to be married in the church.  The Pastor at Cornerstone are permitted to officiate at weddings between a man and a woman who both profess to be Christian and may, at their decision, officiate at weddings between a man and a woman neither of whom professes to be Christian.  (However, the Pastor will use the required premarital counseling sessions as opportunities to lead the couple to receive Christ as their Savior.)  But, according to 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, the Pastor of this Church cannot officiate the wedding of a Christian to a non-Christian.
What Kind of Service Will the Pastor Conduct?
If the Pastor conducts a marriage service for two non-Christians, for the most part it will be a civil service (rather than a religious service) although the Pastor may pray for the couple and ask God to bless their union.  If the marriage is to be between two professing Christians, the service will be according to Christian Tradition.  In the Christian Church, the wedding is a worship service.  It is a time when two persons are united in holy bonds before the altar of God and before a congregation of people.  It is a holy moment when solemn vows are taken and God's blessings are sought upon your marriage and upon the life and upon the home, which you are establishing together.
 
Precisely because this is a holy moment of our lives and hopes and dreams laid before God, the bride and the groom are advised to search their hearts before God before the day of the wedding.  During the required premarital counseling the Pastor will be talking to you about your current walk with Jesus Christ.  If you are a Christian but you are currently living a lifestyle which is incompatible with biblical teaching, before you come before the altar of God for marriage, the Pastor will ask that you leave such a lifestyle and seek to reestablish your walk with Christ.
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If you are a part of a community of faith when you experience the loss of a loved one, you should contact your closest friend in that community of faith or the pastor as soon as possible.  Normally the person you contact will ensure that the rest of the community is notified, if that is what you want.  If you do not speak directly with the Pastor, he will call you as soon as they hear of your loss.  He will offer to meet with you at your convenience to pray with you and/or for you and to try to answer any questions you might have. 
 
If you will be planning a funeral or a memorial service, normally the Pastor will be available to help you plan the service and to lead or conduct the service, if you  prefer.  The Pastor will talk to the family about which friends or family members will participate in leading the funeral service and what they will do, and whether or not music is to be incorporated into the service.  In addition, if you want the church to host a meal for family and guest following the funeral or memorial service, the Pastor will ensure that the proper people are notified.
You should understand that
a Christian funeral is really a worship service.
If at all possible, the service should be held in the church's sanctuary or worship center.  Somewhere near the beginning of the service the Pastor will say something like this: "We are gathered here today to worship God and to give testimony to our faith in God as we celebrate the life of _______________."   Most of the service will focus on God, His goodness, mercy and kindness and how we can trust Him in times like these.  Usually near the end of the service a time will be provided for friends and family members to share favorite memories of the deceased.  Following this service in the church or sanctuary, there is normally a short graveside service in which a prayer is offered and the body is committed to its final resting place, but the spirit of the deceased is commended (trusted) to the care of God.
 
Because most funeral homes use a standard "program" for the funeral that may not fit what your Pastor will actually do, you will want to ensure that you get the actual order of service for the funeral from the Pastor to give to the Funeral Director.