Upcoming Events

  • i. Calvary Hour Fellowship times are as follows:
    a. Monday-Thursday - Devotion @ 4 am-5 am (Central Time)
    b. Thursdays - Cross Over @ 10:30 pm-12:00 am
    c. Fridays - Bible Study @ 7 pm -8:30 pm

    ii. There will be a 24 hour watch service on December 30th, 2015 which will be a time of reflection over where we have been and what to do with our future.

    iii. Our weekday service is on every Wednesday @ 3235 Vollmer Rd., Suite 102. Flossmoor, IL 60422.
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WEDNESDAYS      7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Midweek Service
SUNDAYS             8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Morning Service
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3211 Charlemagne Ave., Apt. 102
Hazel Crest, IL 60429
Info@mission1care.org
614-674-3074 • 614-674-8340


Phone: 614-414-3074 • 614-674-3074
Email: Info@mission1care.org

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3235 Vollmer Rd., Suite 102
Flossmoor, IL 60429

Infant Baptism, Age of Accountability, Dedication of Children

This document reflects commonly held beliefs based on scripture which have been endorsed by the church’s Commission on Doctrinal Purity and the Executive Presbytery.

What is the Mission 1 Care position concerning the baptism of children, their security in the Kingdom, and the practice of dedicating them to the Lord?

According to the Bible, everyone (adult or child) who recognizes his or her need of a Savior and then repents and believes in Christ should be baptized (Acts 2:38,41; 8:36-38). But in the Scripture there is no record of infants or very young children being baptized. This is because they are not yet able to understand the need of a Savior.

Yet God places a high priority on children. When asked who is the greatest in the kingdom of God, Jesus responded, “Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). God’s love for children is also shown in the Old Testament. In Leviticus the Lord specifically prohibited the people of Israel from offering their children as a sacrifice to the pagan god, Molech (Leviticus 20:1-5). It seems fair to conclude that if God forbade children from being sacrificed, He would not order those same children to be placed in the eternal fire of hell. From these Scriptures the Mission 1 Care believes that children are loved by God, and until they come to an age of understanding (some call it “the age of accountability”), they have a place in the kingdom of God. This means that should a child die before developing to a point where the knowledge of Christ can be understood and applied through forgiveness, the child would inherit eternal life in heaven as an heir of God’s kingdom.

In Luke 2 we see the parents of the baby Jesus taking Him to the temple “to present Him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22). Later the Gospels tell us that little children and infants were brought to Jesus for Him to touch them and bless them (Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17). In following this practice, Mission 1 Care encourage parents to publicly dedicate their children to the Lord. This is usually done in a church service. In dedicating their child the parents acknowledge the child as a gift from God and vow before Him and the congregation to set a godly example for the child and a commitment to lead the child to Christ at an early age.

CONCERNS:

Some who have accepted Christ as adults wonder if the baptism they received as infants fulfills the New Testament mandate of water baptism (1 Peter 3:21). In Mission 1 Care we believe baptism in water is to follow salvation (acceptance of Christ and His forgiveness of our sins) as demonstrated in the New Testament. For this reason we urge all new converts to follow the biblical pattern of water baptism in obedience to Christ.

Real Family Values

  • That marriage is the entity between man and woman for procreation (Gen. 1:27-28)
  • That we define union or couple as Christ and His Church; man and woman (Eph. 5:23, 25)
  • That we stand against co-habitation, but endorse marriage through the proper channel. (Matt. 24;38)
  • That the leadership shall determine which child receives public or private christening or dedication (Lk. 2:22)
  • That we have taken a stand against any form of same-sex marriage and though we could allow them to freely worship, we will discourage such an individual from taken any position or any benefit for married couples. (1 Cor. 6:9)
  • That we will not endorse any activity that has the potential to destroy real family values. (Eph. 3:15)

Abortion & Children born under wedlock.

  • That we would not endorse or promote any activity that endanger human life and tarnish procreation. (Job 3:16)
  • That our stand against abortion and willful termination of pregnancy is irrevocable. (Jer. 1:5)
  • That the children born under wedlock would not be sanctioned, but the party/parties through which the child is born would receive the full discipline of the church code of ethics. (1 Cor. 5:1-2)
  • That such parent/s would not enjoy the full benefit of an open altar blessing, but would rather for the sake of the child hold a private arrangement of baby blessing; which means no public announcement or appearance in the church bulletin. (Lk. 2:22)
  • That any member who is not a tither would not receive his/her child’s blessing in the public; which is no full church service in their honor. (Eph. 2:19)
  • That any wedlock pregnancy from a member will not be entertained and those with positions in the church would forfeit their position. (1 Cor. 5:1-3)
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