What is the act of water baptism?
We practice total immersion in water for the following reasons:
The word “baptize” comes from the Greek word “baptizo” which literally means “to immerse or dip under water.” We believe immersion better conveys the meaning of total consecration of oneself to God.
The examples of baptism in the Bible, such as Jesus (Matthew 3:16) and the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:38), are by total immersion.
It is the best way to picture a burial and resurrection. Several founders of denominations, such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Wesley, agree.
How we do water baptisms:
The participant shares their testimony either via video or live.
A close friend or relative prays and/or reads scripture for the participant.
The participant is baptized “in the name Jesus, in the name of the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit.”
The participant prays to be baptized with the Holy Spirit if they so desire while the elders/pastors lay hands on them and agree in prayer.
Typically we do water baptisms during congregational worship on Sunday mornings.