If you've decided to follow jesus then baptism is your next step.
October 10, 2021
The importance of baptism
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 Jesus 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.)
What if I was already baptized?
The example that we see in scripture is that a person is baptized as a symbol of their decision to make Jesus their Forgiver and the Leader of their life. As such, if you were baptized as an infant or young child prior to personally having made the decision to follow Jesus, we would advise you to be baptized after you have made that decision for yourself. 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. Younger children may have trouble understanding the meaning of baptism enough to make the decision for themselves. We will arrange for any child under the age of 18 wishing to be baptized to speak with a youth or children’s ministry leader to talk through the meaning of baptism.
Sometimes a person has made the decision to be baptized in the past but over time becomes inactive in their faith. In that case, the public act of baptism is an appropriate way to express that you are re-committing yourself to following Jesus.
COVID-19 Precautions for Baptisms
- For baptisms and other Epic events, Epic will follow the current local health department and CDC guidelines regarding mask-wearing and other health and safety protocols and requests that all attendees also comply with such guidelines. CDC Guidelines.
- The concentration of disinfectant (chlorine or fluorine) in the baptismal tank will be maintained at swimming pool levels as it has been shown to kill viruses.
Who can baptize me?
Any Christian can have the privilege of baptizing another. If available, we encourage you to have a person who had a significant impact in leading you to Jesus assist an Epic staff member in the baptism.
What should I wear?
You can wear shorts and a t-shirt or a swimsuit (with a t-shirt over top). We do encourage you to wear dark colors. A good rule of thumb is to remember you’ll get completely wet and people will be watching.
What should I bring?
Be sure to bring a towel, a change of clothes, and a bag for your wet clothes.
Who should I bring?
Invite your family and friends so they can join in the celebration!