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What Is The Meaning of Baptism?
Baptism is an important symbol of the new life that is created when someone becomes a follower of Jesus.
It illustrates Christ’s burial and resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) (Colossians. 2:12).
It also illustrates my new life as a Christian. (2 Corinthians 5:17) (Romans 6:4)
Baptism doesn’t make you a believer – it shows that you already believe.
Baptism does not “save” you, only your faith in Christ does that.
Baptism is an outward symbol of the commitment you've made in your heart.
Who Should Be Baptized?
Every person who believes in Christ should be baptized. (Acts 2:41) (Acts 8:13) (Acts 8:12)
When Should I Be Baptized?
There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have decided to receive Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. Bible Studies are available to clarify any questions you may have. However, be careful of delay. If you wait until you are "perfect", you’ll never feel "good enough"!
Do You Baptize Infants?
Distinct from the practice of infant baptism, we practice the dedication of children. Child dedication follows the example of Mary and Joseph dedicating the infant Jesus in the temple (Luke 2:22). Jesus ministered to children in a special way. “And He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.” (Mark 10:16)
We are glad to offer a prayer of blessing and dedication over infants. However, child dedication is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible which was only for those old enough to believe.
The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.
Why Does Ebenezer Baptize By Immersion?
We baptize by immersion because Jesus was baptized that way (Matthew 3:16).
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion (Acts 8:38-39) and
the Greek word baptize means “to immerse or dip under water”.
What Should I Wear?
Men and Women should bring a change of clothes they don't mind getting wet in.
A robe will be provided for you to put over your clothes.
Bring your desired cap if you do not wish for your hair to get wet.
A towel will be provided for you.
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 Do I Do If I Want To Be Baptized at Ebenezer?
Contact the pastor immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org or text the word baptize to 516-506-0659.
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