2. Arrive at the church ½ hour before the service to receive a briefing and change clothes.
3. Bring a towel and shorts (to the knee.) We’ll supply a complementary t-shirt for you to keep.
4. Watch your step getting in and out of the baptismal (assistance will be provided).
5. Let someone know if you also wish to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
According to Smith’s Bible dictionary, washing before prayer or sacrifice was a custom among ancient nations, as a sign of spiritual maturity and physical cleanliness. To be baptized for (unto) Moses meant to become subject to the law of Moses; to be baptized for Christ, shows an intention to purify oneself from the world and become a true follower of Christ.
We are also told that the waters of the Red Sea were a type of baptism for the Israelites from Egypt (1. Cor. 10:2). So also, the waters of baptism are to us an outward sign of an inward decision to cut ourselves off from the uncleanness of the world and separate ourselves unto God and the work of His Kingdom.