We believe at Emmanuel that the Bible teaches that every person who has repented from sin and turned to faith in Jesus should be Baptized. It is often one of the first acts of obedience for a new believer in Jesus. A person is not required to be perfect or have everything "together", only to have made a sincere decision to follow Jesus. People are often tempted to hesitate, thinking that they are not ready and that there are areas of their life that have to change first. This is not what the Bible teaches. The truth is that you are ready to be baptized as soon as you understand the responsibility to do it.
At Emmanuel we believe that Baptism is a fundamentally important step in the life of a Christian. It is often the first step of becoming a disciple and follower of Christ. It is also an important step of identification within the church. At Emmanuel we believe that Baptism is a heart issue, an as a person grows in the Faith a desire to be identified with Christ will result in an eagerness to go through the waters of Baptism. We believe It is the duty of the Elders and Pastors to encourage all members to be Baptized by immersion, and in so doing demonstrate obedience and a closer walk with Jesus our saviour.
Although you will learn during the Baptism Course what we believe the Bible teaches about Baptism, we believe in Baptism for four main reasons.
- Jesus did it
- The Apostles taught it
- It allows you to publicaly declare your faith in Christ
- Jesus commanded it! Baptism is an act of obedience to Jesus and a Public declaration of what He has done in your life.
Because we currently do not have a Baptismal tank at Emmanuel, during the summer months we plan for 2-3 Baptismal services at the home of one of our church members who have a pool. Previous to being baptized, each person is required to go through an interview with one of our Elders as to the meaning and purpose of Baptism and then required to take a baptism course lead by a staff member. This is generally done 1-2 weeks before the Baptism and often as a group. On the day of the Baptism we ask each person being baptized to share a brief testimony of their spiritual journey and to answer the question 'Why they want to get Baptized'. They are welcome to have someone join them in the Pool, to stand with them and pray for them. Then they are baptized by a staff member by immersion (taken all the way under the water).
Download a Biblical guide to Baptism here: /photos/custom/Biblical Guide to Baptism.pdf
If you are interested in being baptized or would like more information please let us know by filling in the form here. and one of our Staff will be in contact with you.