Baptism is an amazing privilege and blessing. As an Elim Pentecostal Church we believe in Believer’s Only baptism by full immersion in water. This is at the heart of our theology and practice.
We will only baptise those who give evidence of a confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, when either a young person gets to the age of twelve and wants to be baptised, or a person becomes a new believer, and gives evidence of a genuine faith – we will prepare the candidate for baptism with several baptism classes. Then we baptise that one in our church – usually on a Sunday morning in our main worship service.
The following gives some further details:
The Bible presents a close association between water baptism and the affirmation of the Trinity – God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Trinitarian baptismal formula in Matthew 28:19-20 is a good point to start, ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’
This is significant:
This power helps in two ways:
It helps guard against the lure and power of sin. The carnal nature wants believers to focus on self while avoiding the pathway of sacrifice, taking up one’s cross and following Jesus. This lifestyle is the best defense against the lure of the world, and the temptation we encounter in life to take the easy route or indulge the flesh letting Satan get a foothold in our lives.
It equips us to follow the pathway of worship, service, mission and ministry in the Spirit’s power. Throughout the entire Church Age, in obedience to Jesus’ words, water baptism has been at the heart of the church’s discipleship teaching and practice.
If you would like to be baptised – then please contact the Church Office.