EPIC meets at Ripken Stadium (873 Long Drive) on Sunday mornings at 9:30 and 11:00. We meet on the Club Level with service happening on one side and kid’s ministry (birth-Grade 5) happening on the other side. There is plenty of parking, signs to direct you where to go, friendly people to help you, and a fun and safe environment for kids. Our services are about an hour. We hope you will join us.
Baptism is a way for a person to publicly identify as a follower of Jesus. In baptism we picture that just as Jesus died and rose from the dead so we have died to our old way of life and begun a new life with Jesus.
If you are interested in baptism, read the information below then submit the form below to indicate your interest.
I want to be baptized
We are so excited for you that you have an interest in baptism. More than anything we are excited about the work that God is doing in your heart. This is not meant to be an exhaustive treatment of baptism but just a guide to help you consider this next step in following Jesus.
Baptism is at the very heart of the Great Commission that Jesus gave to the church. He told his followers to “make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:18-20). So, clearly baptism is important. So, we want to briefly state why then help you take the next step.
First, what is baptism?
Baptism is primarily two things: a statement and a picture. First, baptism is a statement. Baptism is the biblical way for a person to identify him/herself with Jesus Christ. Throughout the book of Acts, we see a consistent pattern: people trust in Jesus to save them and they are baptized. Baptism is a way of saying, “I am identifying myself as a follower of Jesus and I am trusting in His death and resurrection to save me from my sin.” It’s a statement of belief and identification. Baptism is also a picture. When the person stands in the water before being baptized, that represents their life before trusting Jesus. They were alive to sin, following and obeying it as their master. When the person is put completely underneath the water, that represents the fact that they died to sin when they became a believer; they turned away from sin to follow Jesus. When the person comes up out of the water and is completely wet, that represents the new life they have because of Jesus. They have been washed clean from sin – not because their bodies are wet but because they have been forgiven by God because of Jesus’ death in their place (see Romans 6:1-4, Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21-22).
Should I be baptized?
You should be baptized if you have cried out to God to rescue you from your sin and trusted in Jesus’ death and resurrection alone for salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:16-17 and Romans 10:9-10 all explain how someone is saved: we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We cannot save ourselves and we cannot earn salvation. So have you made that decision to cry out to God to save you? It might sound like this: God, I confess that I am broken and sinful and cannot save myself. So I trust in Jesus to save me through his death and resurrection. I confess him as my Savior and Lord. Help me to follow you. Amen.
I am ready to be baptized at the next baptism. What should I do?
First, let us know (fill out the form below or fill out the response card at church). On the day of the baptism, come 15-20 minutes early for service and find the Pastor who will be baptizing you. Consider what you will wear. You can really wear whatever you don’t mind getting wet. The best thing for men to wear is a t-shirt and pair of shorts. Women can wear the same thing. Women, please don’t wear white or anything that would be revealing (some women like to wear a bathing suit under shorts and t-shirt). Bring a towel and a change of clothes. You will be asked to repeat a statement like the following before you are baptized: I confess that I am broken and sinful and cannot save myself. So I trust in Jesus to save me through his death and resurrection. I confess him as my Savior and Lord. If you would like to share any part of your story of coming to Christ, please write it down, keep it to a page or less and submit it at least a day before the baptism.
What if my child wants to be baptized?
This can be challenging for a parent. You want to encourage your child to take the next step of baptism if they have trusted in Jesus Christ. However, you also want to make sure that they are at a developmental place where they can really understand the decision that they are making. Pray about it, talk to one of the Pastors, and talk with your child. Here at EPIC we believe that the parents are the primary ministers to their children and therefore have the best gauge on whether their child is ready. For this reason we encourage the parents to process with their children and take them through the questions below. Some of the things we suggest is that your child be able to remember the event as an adult, understand what baptism is and why they would do it, and be able to physically get baptized (being dunked under water). Although it is up to you as the parents to determine if your child is ready, we do require that the child is going into to First Grade or older and that children talk to a Pastor. As a parent take time to really consider if your child is showing any evidence of God’s work in his/her life: growing love/desire for God, hunger to read the Bible and learn about God, desire to share with others about God, softer heart, etc. If your child cannot answer the questions below then it is probably best to wait.
- Who is Jesus and what has he done for you?
- Why do you want to be baptized?
- What does baptism mean?
- Have your trusted in Jesus to save you from your sin and have you surrendered your life to him?
We encourage you to join us this Christmas season at Ripken Stadium (club level) on Sunday mornings at 9:30 and 11:00 and on Christmas Eve at 8:45, 10:00, and 11:15. Doughnuts and coffee, a fun and safe environment for kids, Christmas decorations, great music, and relevant messages.
Most of us hate to wait. We don’t like long lines, slow internet and traffic. Yet life is full of waiting…we are waiting for resolution in a certain area, waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Right, waiting for the next big thing to happen, waiting till we have more money, waiting for our marriage to turn around. Waiting and longing describe our lives and hearts quite well much of the time. Join us this Christmas season as we discover hope in a world full of waiting.
Fall Fest 2017 is October 31st from 6-8PM at Ripken Stadium. It is the place to be on Halloween! Trunk-or-Treat, tons of candy, giant slides, wipe-out challenge, trackless train! A safe environment to get lots of candy, show off your costume and have a blast! If you want to donate candy or sign up to do a trunk please email Deb ().
In 2017, we are sending 5 teams around the world! We hope to create a culture at EPIC marked by a passion for lost, a desire to go to unreached and unengaged people groups around the world, a commitment to share the Gospel, and a passion for the glory of God among the nations. We are sending 2 teams to South Asia along with teams to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and MFuge (a middle-school mission experience).
There is still time to be a part of one of these teams! The trip to Mexico still has open spots but you must apply soon.
If you are around EPIC for a few minutes you see and hear a phrase repeated often, Not to Us. It comes from Psalm 115:1, “not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name give glory…” In a selfie-culture dominated by self-promotion, we want to be a people who declare “Not to Us.” We are here not for our glory but for the glory of One much greater, God. We are encouraging everyone at EPIC to stop at 1:15PM every day and pray. Its a way for us to collectively turn to God and pray, especially for the church and for our mission in the world. So, set a reminder for yourself and join us at 1:15 every day. Use this time to pray especially for the work of God in your life and in EPIC.
At EPIC, we provide parents an opportunity to dedicate their children and commit themselves to raising their children in the Lord.
At EPIC, a parent commissioning is a public event at which parents dedicate the raising of their children to the Lord. Parents commit to live their lives by the grace of God in such a way as to be a positive example of a follower of Jesus. Dedication before God in the Church means that parents realize that the Church should have a large part in the spiritual growth of the family. The church should know families and their children so that we can give prayer support, assist in teaching, provide opportunities to serve and grow, and provide an environment of encouragement, accountability and grace to help families grow. We love families at EPIC and are committed to providing a great environment for children to grow and learn. We believe that this dedication is more about the parents than the children. It is the parents who are committing themselves today to raising their children in a godly home and pointing their children to the Word of God, to Jesus, and to His Gospel.
Contact Kevin () – our Family Ministry Pastor – for more questions or to sign-up for our next Parent Commissioning.
Below are some helpful resources for your personal growth (some are from current/previous sermon series).
IT’S COMPLICATED (RELATIONSHIP SERIES)
- Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love by Ed Welch
- Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul Tripp
- The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Tim Keller
- The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption by Matt Chandler
UNSTOPPABLE (ACTS SERIES)
- Acts: A 12-Week Study by Justin Holcomb
- some of our Community Groups are using this resource
- Acts by Darrell Bock
- widely known to be the best Commentary on the book of Acts
- ESV Study Bible
- by far the most helpful study Bible available; a tremendous resource!)
- Radical by David Platt
- The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler
- Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem
- The Reason for God by Tim Keller
- Desiring God by John Piper
- Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Whether last Sunday was your first Sunday with us or you have been with us for a while, you may have some questions about EPIC. You may also wonder “what’s my next step?” or “how can I get plugged in?” Or perhaps you have heard us discuss Partnership at EPIC and you want more information about that. If so…Starting Point is for you! Sign-up below to attend the next Starting Point (food and childcare provided) at Ripken Stadium following the second service.
The 8 days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday present us with a wonderful opportunity. These are some of the darkest and brightest days in the history of the world, and they are rich to give you hope, sustain your soul and change you. So we would encourage you to not waste this week but to use it to focus your mind on the most timeless and important of all realities, that Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, died for the sins of the world and rose from the dead. Below is a link to a devotional that you can use to guide you throughout the week. Also, each of the Gospel authors devotes a significant portion to this one week. We encourage you to read through these chapters this week. They are listed below.
The Gospel Accounts of Holy Week: