- To follow the example set by JESUS. (Mark 1:9)
- Because Christ COMMANDS it. (Matthew 28:19-20)
- It demonstrates that I really am a BELIEVER. (Acts 18:8; 1 John 2:3)
- It illustrates Christ’s BURIAL and resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Colossians 2:12)
- It illustrates my NEW LIFE as a Christian.
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer – it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not “save” you; only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring – it’s the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:4; Ephesians 2:8-9)
- Because JESUS was baptized that way. (Matthew 3:16)
- Every baptism in the NEW TESTAMENT was by immersion. (Acts 8:38-39)
- The word “Baptize” means to DIP UNDER water”. The Greek word baptizo means “to immerse or dip under water”.
- It best symbolizes a burial and resurrection!
The founders of denominations agree:
- Martin Luther…”I would have those who are to be baptized to be entirely immersed, as the word 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 is it for?
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 EVC, 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 about 300 years after the Bible was completed.
This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.
At EVC, it is a membership requirement that every member must have been baptized the way Jesus demonstrated, even though many of us were “confirmed” as children.
- When Should I Be Baptized?
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you are “perfect”, you’ll never feel “good enough”! (Acts 2:41, 8:35-38)
- Can my family be baptized together?
Yes! If each family member understands fully the meaning of baptism, and each one has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation, we encourage families to be baptized at the same time. It is a wonderful expression of commitment. We offer a “First Steps” class for children. “First Steps” will be offered through our Children’s Ministry.However, it is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while waiting on other family members to accept Christ, particularly children. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.
- What should I wear when I am baptized?
Women should wear dark colored shorts and a top over a one-piece swimsuit. Men may wear dark colored shorts and top. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes. We provide changing rooms.
- Will I have to say anything?
At the beginning of the service, the pastor will briefly explain the meaning of baptism. You will wait at the edge of the pool for your turn to be baptized. The pastor will introduce you, ask you a few questions, briefly lower you just under the water, and then you can leave the pool, dry off, and watch the others. Later you will be mailed a certificate of your baptism. We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends to attend your baptism.
- Special Needs?
Pastors can perform a private baptism in special circumstances.