Baptism is the public display of a person’s decision to follow Christ. After you confess Jesus Christ as your savior, we encourage you to share your commitment publicly through baptism.
MEANING AND SYMBOLISM
Jesus himself was baptized publicly in the Jordan River which marked the start of his public ministry. Baptism symbolizes dying and rising with Christ. When a person goes under the water it marks their old life being buried just as Christ’s body was buried. Then when a person comes out of the water, it represents a new life in Christ just as Christ was raised from the dead.
The symbolism of baptism is talked about by Paul in his letter to the Romans:
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:3-4
Baptism also symbolizes being washed. When we commit our lives to Christ and accept His forgiveness, we are forgiven of our sins. Many times this is expressed as being washed clean (1 Corinthians 6:11, Ephesians 5:26).
BAPTISM AT EPIKOS
Epikos celebrates baptism by full immersion multiple times throughout the year in Sunday services and at the lakefront in Milwaukee during the summer. Full immersion baptism is when a person is fully submerged underwater and brought up again.
We invite any believer considering baptism to attend the 45-minute Baptism Class to learn more about Epikos’ approach to baptism and to ensure your readiness for this next step. Email Pastor Adam ( ) to get more info about the next baptism service.