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Join us on Sundays at 10:30am for worship and preaching.

Refreshments will be served at the end so stick around to chat and fellowship.

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Connect and grow together in one of our Affinity Groups.

These are hosted in local homes throughout the week.

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We welcome you to Elim and encourage you to find a way to serve others. Talk to one of our team to find ways of getting involved.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We are so glad that you are considering baptism. The Bible clearly teaches that baptism is the first step of obedience after making a commitment to Christ. It allows a believer to communicate to the world their heart-felt commitment to Christ.

You may have some questions regarding baptism. Why should I be baptised? I’ve already been baptised so I have to do it again? Does it matter if someone is sprinkled or dunked in water? 

Why Should I Be Baptised?

To follow the example set by Christ.

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Gailee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. Mark 1:9

Because Christ commanded it.

Therefore 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.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  Matthew 28:19–20

It demonstrates I am a Believer.

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.  1 John 2:3

What Is The Meaning Of Baptism?

It illustrates Christ's death, burial and resurrection.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day… 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. Colossians 2:12

Why Be baptised By Immersion?

Because Jesus was baptised that way.

As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water.  Matthew 3:16a

As Jesus was coming up out of the water… Mark 1:10

Every Baptism in the Bible was by immersion.

Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptised him. When they came up out of the water… Acts 8:38–39

The word “baptise” means “to dip or immerse”.

It best symbolised a burial and resurrection.

Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? 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

Who Should Be baptised?

Every person who believes in Christ should be baptised. Believers realise their sin separates them from God. They conclude that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross bridges the gap between them and God. Having decided to trust Christ alone for their salvation, they follow Christ in baptism as a symbol of their new life in Christ.

What About Children?

We believe that baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:12, 10:47–48).  We wait until the child is old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptise them.

In the Bible we find parents bringing children to Jesus who held them and prayed for them and told us to welcome them. Baptism is a public profession of salvation, and only people who have intentionally received salvation should experience baptism.

We strongly encourage you to be baptised as an adult believer in Christ.


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