Baptism is an outward sign of an inward commitment to Jesus. As believers, we are commanded by Jesus to be baptized (Mt. 28:19). Jesus himself was baptized at the onset of his ministry and we see an historical pattern throughout the New Testament of new believers entering into a relationship with Christ and their subsequent baptisms (Acts & 1 Cor).
Baptism remains today as one of two commandments the individual within the local church are to participate in, the second being The Lord’s Supper (communion).
When a person begins their journey with Jesus, a miraculous work of God’s grace takes place in their heart. 1 Cor. 5:17 says, “that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” The word baptize means to “dip under”. Following this definition as well as the example set by Christ, ECW baptizes by full immersion. This form of baptism is symbolic of the death of our old self and the raising of the “new creation” within us. When we obediently submit to baptism, we experience God’s grace.
Who Can Be Baptized?
Adults who have accepted Christ as their personal savior should be baptized as soon as possible after their conversion. They will need to share a testimony of their faith first with a pastor and second with the church family.
ECW baptizes children so long as the child is old enough to have accepted Christ and understand what baptism is. Parental consent and participation is mandatory for ECW to baptize a child.
Who Do I Contact to Discuss Baptism?
Anyone interested in baptism should contact the church office to arrange a meeting with a pastor or attend a baptism class offered once a quarter.