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About Baptism
and Immersion Services

New Testament Baptism

In the New Testament, the significance of baptism is seen more clearly. John the Baptist was sent by God to spread the news of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. John was directed by God (John 1:33) to baptize those who accepted his message.

John's baptism was called “a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mark 1:4, NIV). John's baptism anticipated Christian baptism. Those baptized by John acknowledged their sins and professed their faith that through the coming Messiah they would be forgiven.

Jesus Christ submitted to baptism as an example for believers to follow.

Baptism is significant in that it represents the forgiveness and cleansing from sin that comes through faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism publicly acknowledges one's confession of faith and belief in the gospel message. It also symbolizes the sinner's entrance into the community of believers (the church).

Get Inspired

Immersion Encounter

    ... A Prayer Ministry

Matthew 3:11 

speaks about how John baptized with water for repentance, but Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit and Fire for inner change!

Come encounter the Holy Spirit first hand and allow God to meet you right where you are!!!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’M ALREADY A CHRISTIAN AND HAVE BEEN WATER BAPTIZED. 

HOW DOES AN IMMERSION SERVICE APPLY TO ME?

A: Although water baptism is often associated only with “believer’s baptism,” the Bible also references other instances of water baptism. For example, in John chapter 5, Jesus encounters a man who was disabled at the Pool of Bethesda. This pool was used to baptize people specifically for supernatural healing. John the Baptist baptized with water as an outward sign of repentance even before Jesus established the New Covenant with His death, burial, and resurrection. Historical evidence also shows that Jewish culture at the time of Jesus regularly practiced water baptism as a form of ceremonial cleansing.

Fundamentally, the words that we translate as ‘baptism’ (baptizo and bapto) literally mean “to immerse” or “to overwhelm.” Interestingly enough, ancient texts use these terms in the context of a pickling recipe from the Greek poet and physician Nicander, who lived about 200 B.C. It is helpful because it uses both words. Nicander says that in order to make a pickle, the vegetable should first be ‘dipped’ (bapto) into boiling water and then ‘baptized’ (baptizo) in the vinegar solution. Both verbs concern the immersing of vegetables in a solution. But the first is temporary. The second, the act of baptising the vegetable, produces a permanent change.

Any time that we as Christians are overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit, He has an opportunity to touch our minds, heal our body and transform us further into the image of Christ. That is exactly what the Immersion Encounter is all about. It is simply an opportunity to encounter the Holy Spirit in an amazing, loving, and overwhelming way.

Q: I’M NOT SURE I’M A CHRISTIAN, BUT I AM DESPERATE FOR HEALING.

IS AN IMMERSION SERVICE SOMETHING THAT I SHOULD ATTEND?

A: Absolutely! Even in the midst of doubts, we know that God’s love is real. Even if you are at a place where you’re even questioning the existence of God, we would encourage you to attend. We believe that God desires to meet you right where you are.

Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?

A: We encourage all participants to wear appropriate clothing to the service that they can be baptized in. However, there will be an opportunity to change prior to baptism if needed. Be sure to bring a dry change of clothes for after you are baptized along with a towel. If you are not able to bring a change of clothes or a towel, come anyway! We will have some limited supplies available for those who need it.

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& raising up a WELL-

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