Baptism is a part of the salvation process, on the day of Pentecost in the book of Acts (Acts 2:38), Peter is asked by the crowd what they should do with the words they have just heard. This is Peter’s response “Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Baptism along with repentance (turning from your old way of life) are a part of the process God uses to clean our consciences of sin (1 Peter 3:21).
Epic Church provides an opportunity to be baptized every other month on the third Sunday of the Month, contact us to sign up or ask questions! On the off month we hold an Epic 101 Class – see our Calendar to find out when the next Baptism or Epic 101 class is.
Baptism illustrates Christ´s burial and resurrection.
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried… and He rose again.”?–I Corinthians 15:3-4
“For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism?you were also raised with Christ.” –Colossians. 2:12
Baptism illustrates my new life as a Christian.
“When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!” –2 Corinthians. 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!” –Romans 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.” ?–Matthew 3:16
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
The word Baptize means “To dip under water”.?The Greek word baptize means “to immerse or dip under water”.?It best symbolized a burial and resurrection!
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
Every person who has believed in Christ.
“Those who believe 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
WHEN SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED?
As soon as you have believed.
“Those who believe…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
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”!
CAN MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS BE BAPTIZED TOGETHER?
Yes! If each person 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.
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 a swimsuit. Men may wear shorts, t-shirts or a swimsuit. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a plastic bag for your wet clothes.
WILL I HAVE TO SAY ANYTHING?
At the beginning of the service, Pastor David will briefly explain the meaning of baptism. You will wait in the water for your turn to be baptized. The Pastor will introduce you, briefly lower you just under the water, and then you can leave the water, dry off, and watch the others. Later you will receive your baptism certificate and a t-shirt. We encourage you to invite all your relatives and friends to attend your baptism.