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Baptism beliefs

What is the meaning of baptism?

It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection.

“Christ died for our sins … He was buried … and He rose again” (1 Cor 15:3-4)

“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ” (Col 2:12).

It illustrates my new life in Christ.

“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” (2 Cor 5:17).

“By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead … so also we may live a new life!” (Rom 6:4).

Why be baptized by immersion?

Because Jesus was baptized that way.

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.” (Mt 3:16).

Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.

“… then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water …” (Acts 8:38-39).

The word Baptize means: “To dip under water.” It best symbolized a burial and a resurrection.

The founders of denominations agree:

Martin Luther … “I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as a work imports and the mystery signifies.”

John Calvin … “The word ‘baptize’ signifies to immerse. It is certain that immersion was the practice of the ancient church.”

John Wesley … “Buried with Him, alludes to baptizing by immersion according to the custom of the first church.”

Who should be baptized?

Every person who has believed in Christ.

“Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized …” (Acts 2:41).

“Simon himself believed and was baptized …” (Acts 8:13).

“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News … and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” (Acts 8:12).

At ECC, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them.

Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. This custom began several hundred years after the church was established. This is different from the baptism that is talked about in the Bible, which was for those old enough to believe. The purpose of baptism is to be a pledge to God of a clean conscience (1 Pet 3:21).

When should I be baptized?

As soon as you have believed.

“Those who believed … were baptized … that day!” (Acts 2:41).

“Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ‘Look, here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized right now?’ Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ The man answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” (Acts 8:35-38).

Can my family and friends be baptized together?

Yes, If each person understands the meaning of baptism, and each one is willing to place their trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family or group tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on others to join you. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.

What should I wear when I am baptized?

Women should wear shorts and a top or swimsuit. Men may wear shorts, t-shirts or a swimsuit. Bring a change of clothes and a plastic bag for your wet clothes. We will supply the towels.

Will I have to say anything?

You will be asked if you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and if you are following him as your Lord and Savior. At that point, you will be lowered just under the water. We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends to attend your baptism.