Baptism is a very special moment on the journey of faith. It is a moment when God’s presence and blessing meets us, and it is a moment when we make our personal commitment of faith in Jesus as Lord.
Normally baptism takes place by full immersion in water as part of a public act of worship. It signifies the end of our old life and of being born again to new life in Christ. It tells of repentance and cleansing, of being united with Christ in his death and resurrection, and of witnessing to the call of God upon our lives. The Apostle Paul says, ‘We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.’ (Romans 6:3,4)
Baptism at PEFC normally involves the giving of a testimony by the believer followed by full immersion in warm water. But don’t worry; the ministry team is surprisingly strong and haven’t dropped anyone yet!
At PEFC we welcome and affirm those who have a different story to tell of how they have been baptised and come to faith, while still declaring our conviction that believers’ baptism is the pattern that is set out for us in scripture.