“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, Who is over all and through all and in all.” –Ephesians 4:3-6
The Bible links baptism to some pretty amazing things.
As you read through the Bible, you’ll discover that water baptism is connected to God’s covenant promises (Colossians 2:8-12), with inward cleansing and the washing away of sin (Acts 2:38-39; Ephesians 5:25-27; Acts 22:16; Titus 3:5; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Hebrews 10:22; 2 Peter 2:22), with union in Christ (Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:11-12; Romans 6:3-7), with the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38), and with becoming part of the Church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). Baptism isn’t a magic ritual that guarantees these things, but the links are there nevertheless.
At ECC we practice both infant and believer baptism
While the Bible doesn’t specify how old a candidate for baptism must be or how much water must be used, the Bible clearly emphasizes unity in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:10-17; Ephesians 4:1-6). A strong, Biblical case can be made for both infant and believer baptism. Therefore, we celebrate when parents bring their kids forward to receive the sacrament of baptism and we celebrate when believers come to the waters themselves. If you aren’t familiar with what the Bible teaches regarding baptism contact Pastor Chris.
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Whether you choose an infant baptism or dedication, we encourage every parent to bring every child forward for a blessing. When parents ask us to dedicate their kids, they have a faith-fueled expectation that one day their child will choose to be baptized. In a dedication service, parents dedicate themselves to raising their children in a God-honoring way, the congregation dedicate themselves to supporting the family, and together we ask God for His blessing.