BAPTISM

Baptism is a special spiritual marker in your life and an opportunity to share your faith in Christ with others. When you are baptized, no matter what your age or background, you are obeying Jesus’ command to all of His followers.

Baptism by immersion (water baptism) symbolizes Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:1-4). Water baptism portrays your sins being forgiven and cleansed. Your sins are forgiven when you confess them (1 John 1:9) and are cleansed by Jesus’ shed blood (1 John 1:7). Your baptism shows others a vivid picture of that cleansing and forgiveness.

Baptism itself does not ‘save’ you; however, it does identify you with Jesus Christ and His church and serves as a symbol of your commitment to Christ and His church. By being baptized, you are saying to the world, “I have committed my whole life, totally and completely, to Jesus Christ.” The seriousness of this commitment, and the symbol that baptism displays to those who see it, are incredible ways for you to share your faith. Baptism is required for those desiring membership at Emmanuel, either previously at the time of your commitment to Christ, or when you desire membership at Emmanuel.

Because baptism is a public display, and a celebration, our baptism practice also requires each candidate to commit to a brief video testimony to accompany your baptism. There is no need to be nervous about the video – our desire is to make your video testimony painless and enjoyable! Because we are spread over three services, your video testimony is a way to tell your story to the whole church! Your story might be the very thing that leads someone else to understand their need for Christ.  This video testimony extends to all ages (parents, you can benefit from a great learning experience when helping to prepare your child for their baptism testimony).

To talk to someone about being baptized, please contact Justin :: Justin@ebccrestview.com