Baptism is not a magical experience but a spiritual encounter. The water is a point of contact where people are encountering Jesus and where lives and situations are changed by His presence.
Baptisms at The Gathering take place on Friday nights at Carolina Fire services and at other times as directed. (Clothes and towels are provided)
Baptisms at The Gathering take Friday nights at Fire in the Falls and at other times as directed.
Clothes and towels are provided
Why Should I be Baptized?
First, a new believer who has turned from sin and has chosen to follow Jesus is baptized as a public testimony of their being forgiven and their conversion. This is Believer’s Baptism or a Baptism to Repentance. (Matt 3:6-8)
Identify with Jesus
Second, baptism in water, (immersion), is our identifying with Jesus who died and rose from the dead. Before salvation, we were dead in our sins but having received Him has been raised into a new life in Christ. (Rom 6:8)
Part of the Body of Christ
Third, baptism is the sign of our becoming part of the body of Christ of whom Jesus is Head. (Eph 4:4-6)
Baptism of Fire
Fourth, the bible refers to a baptism of fire. (Matt 3:11) In this current baptism revival that began in North Georgia, the pastor was shown a vision of what he described as fire on top of the water. He believed God showed him that in the water Jesus would be baptizing people in the Holy Spirit and fire for cleansing and empowering.
Cleansing of the Body
Fifth, as was the custom in Jesus’ day the Jews would often enter into a Mikveh (bath) for cleansing of the body. Jesus is coming again for a bride without spot or wrinkle. (Eph 5:27, Rev 19:7)
Releasing into Your Purpose
Sixth, in Matt 3:13-15 Jesus was baptized, not unto repentance because He never sinned, but into His purpose and destiny to fulfill all righteousness. In this hour God is drawing people into the baptismal waters including those who have been previously baptized releasing them into their purpose and calling as a son or daughter of God.
Moravian Lamp Stand
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month.
The Gathering partners with His Light Ministry to provide & cook the evening meal and
oversee the church that takes place that evening. See Pastors Jerry and Librada Jenkins for more information.
Nursery is for ages birth to 4 years. The nursery is open anytime during service for parents to come with their children. A nursery worker is available after worship for parents to leave their children with.
Children’s Church is for ages 5-12 years. Children’s Church meets immediately after worship. Our desire is to introduce
all our little ones to Jesus Himself. We believe that one true encounter with Jesus will revolutionize their lives, changing them forever. We believe that our children are an essential part of the body of Christ and that they have something amazing to share with the rest of the body!
Youth / Young Adult
Meets every Saturday 6:00 PM at the Welcome Center.
Youth and Young Adults Ministry is built around fellowship and relationship building with Christ and one another.