Baptism FAQ

Learn more about baptism at East Cobb Church

What is baptism?

Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward reality. In Romans 6:4, the Apostle Paul explains this imagery. Going under the water represents our old self dying and being buried with Jesus who died and was buried for our sin. Coming out of the water represents our new self coming alive with Jesus who rose from the dead.

Baptism doesn’t make these things happen. Faith does. By faith in Jesus, we are forgiven of our sins and born again by the Holy Spirit of God. Baptism is a beautiful and public demonstration of that reality.

We baptize everyone who decides to follow Jesus for two reasons. First, he commanded it. He asked every follower to take this step of obedience, and since then, millions have followed his example.

Second, it’s an incredible opportunity to share your faith. Your friends and family will all get to hear your story of forgiveness and new life in a compelling way. Going public with your faith is one of the most impactful things you’ll ever do.

Do I have to do a video?

Yes, if you would like to be baptized in one of our main services.

No, if you would like to be baptized outside of our main services.

The important thing is to have a plan for how you’re going to share your story with others through your baptism, because we believe that everyone who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ has a story worth sharing.

What's the process to get baptized?

For baptism in one of our main services:

  • Tell us you're interested!
  • We'll email you the available baptism dates.
  • Once your baptism and filming dates are scheduled, we'll help you prepare your story.
  • We'll walk with you every step of the way.

For baptism outside of one of our main services:

  • Tell us you're interested!
  • Indicate that you would like to speak with someone before scheduling your baptism.
  • We'll email or call you to discuss your options and answer any questions you have.
What about infant baptism/christening?

Some churches choose to christen or baptize infants. While we recognize the right of other churches to practice infant baptism, we understand Scripture to teach that baptism is meant to be a step of obedience for people who have made the decision to follow Jesus. This certainly doesn’t make infant baptism wrong. It’s a beautiful decision by parents on behalf of their child to commit them to Jesus. However, we believe that once someone makes their own decision to follow Jesus they should be baptized as Jesus commanded.

If you have a question not answered here or would like to speak with someone, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact us, and a member of our staff will reach out to you.

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