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Baptism

If you've decided to follow jesus then baptism is your next step.

our Next baptism is August 27

The importance of baptism

Our next Baptism is going to be August 27. It will be held at the School of the Future (site of the Parkside location) located at 4021 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia.

What is baptism?

The word “baptism” as it appears in the Bible means immersion (the process of going under the water followed by coming back up from the water). Baptism doesn’t make you “saved”–only faith in Christ does that. Once you’ve decided to follow Jesus, baptism is the step you take as a statement to let people know about this incredible step in your journey. Like a wedding ring, baptism is a visible reminder of an inward commitment already made in your heart.

Why get baptized?

We are identifying with Jesus’ experience and demonstrating outwardly in our baptism that we are dying to our old life, burying that old life, and rising to live the new life (see Romans 6:3-4 and Colossians 2:12). We put on Jesus’ values and priorities. We surrender to Jesus’ ways. We make him not only the Forgiver of our sin, but the Leader of our lives as well. That means saying, “I’m no longer in charge…Jesus is.”  (See Galatians 2:20). You’re ready to put your old life behind you, and put your new life into Jesus’ hands.  (See Acts 2:38, Colossians 3:5-10, and John 1:12, 13.)

Because of the clear biblical direction of baptism by immersion, we ask those who have been sprinkled to be immersed. This doesn’t invalidate the importance of what our parents or spiritual mentors did for us…it’s simply the next step in our spiritual journey as we follow the example and direction of Jesus.

Typically, an older elementary-aged child is old enough to grasp the full meaning of baptism. A good rule of thumb is that if a child still believes in Santa Claus, they are not conceptually, emotionally, or spiritually ready for baptism.

Who can baptize me?

Any Christian can have the privilege of baptizing another.  We encourage you to have the person who had the most impact in leading you to Jesus perform the baptism.  There’s no scriptural direction or difference between “clergy” and “laity” when it comes to baptizing someone.  Of course, our staff is available to perform baptisms for any believer.

Take your next step

Baptism Sign Up

Sign up if you’d like more information or are interested in being baptized.  We will be in touch soon, but please contact us at baptism@epic.church, with any questions.

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