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Baptism

Baptism

Why be baptized by immersion?
Every baptism in the New Testament was by immersion. (Matthew 3:16)The word “baptize” is a Greek word that means to“ immerse or dip under water.”Immersion best symbolizes a death and resurrection.
The surface of the water symbolizes the surface of the ground. Being immersed into the water equates with being buried. Being raised up out of the water symbolizes being raised from the dead.

Who should be baptized and when?

Every believer as soon as they believe. (Acts 2:41)

There is no reason to delay. As soon as you have received Christ into your life, you can and should be baptized. God has forgiven you by His grace, so you don’t have to delay your baptism until you have “improved” enough to feel like you are worthy to be baptized.

What about children?

At Element, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make a personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed, and is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible, which was only for those old enough to believe. The purpose is to publicly show a personal commitment to Christ.

We recommend that Partners should be baptized the way Jesus demonstrated, even though many of us were “confirmed” as children.

Can my family be baptized together?

Yes—if each family member has personally placed his/her trust in Christ for salvation and understands the meaning of baptism. Young children who wish to be baptized will meet with our Children’s Ministry for a pre-baptism conversation. It is important to remember that baptism is a personal statement of faith, not a family tradition. It is usually not wise to delay your baptism while you wait for other family members to accept Christ, especially children. This puts an undue pressure on them, and delays your obedience.

Can someone other than the pastor baptize me?

Yes. If someone in the church family has been instrumental in your coming to faith in Christ—such as a family member, small group leader or friend—it is appropriate, and even encouraged, for that person to participate in your baptism.