Baptism

  
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History of Baptism

The practice of baptism is not unique to Christianity.  It has been used for centuries, in a variety of religions, as an initiation ceremony.  Baptism has historically been used as a symbol of “inward cleansing;” representing a fresh start as one enters a religious tradition. 

 

Reason for Baptism

Here at Essex Alliance Church we celebrate “believer’s baptism;” a symbolic identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, demonstrating outwardly what has occurred inwardly; it serves as a public expression of one’s faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Requirements for Baptism

There is a single requirement for anyone who wants to be baptized—the ability to communicate one’s faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and the desire to live as a follower of Jesus Christ.

 

God’s fullest expression of love and invitation is described in John 3:16 which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, so that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” 

 

Jesus commanded his disciples to, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”                                                                                                     Matthew 28:19-20

 

This verse teaches that baptism is part of the process of becoming a disciple (a follower) of Jesus Christ; living one’s life obedient to the teaching of Jesus.

 

Infant or children’s Baptism

Though some Christian traditions do practice infant or child baptism, here at Essex Alliance Church we practice infant or child “dedication” instead.

 

Essex Alliance practices “believers baptism,” which requires the one being baptized to be able to articulate their faith.  With infant or child “dedication,” on the other hand, it is the infant’s or young child’s parents that have decided to dedicate their children to God; a commitment to raise them up in the faith.

 







If you are interested in being baptized or would like more information,

please contact amy@essexalliance.org