Why Should I Be Baptized?
1. To follow the example set by Christ.
“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:9)
2. Because Christ commanded it.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
3. It demonstrates I am a Believer.
“And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.” (1 John 2:3)
What Is The Meaning Of Baptism?
A. It illustrates Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…”
(1 Corinthians 15:3–4)
“Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. (Colossians 2:12)
Why Be Baptized By Immersion?
1. Because Jesus was baptized that way.
“And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water…”
“And when he came up out of the water…” (Mark 1:10)
2. Every Baptism in the Bible was by immersion.
(for example) “And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized them. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away…” (Acts 8:38–39)
3. The word “baptize” means “to dip or immerse”.
4. It best symbolized a burial and resurrection.
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3–4)
Who Should Be Baptized?
Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others that someone has personally trusted Jesus for their salvation. Every person who believes in Jesus should be baptized. Having decided to trust Jesus alone for their salvation, they follow Him in baptism as a symbol of their new life in Him.
“So those who received his word were baptized…” (Acts 2:41)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matthew 28:19)
What About Children?
All instances of baptism follow an individual’s decision to trust Jesus alone for their salvation. At Hermitage Hills, we wait until children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. When a child makes a decision for Christ, we encourage them to attend our New Believers class and then will gladly baptize them as a symbol of their faith in Christ.
“But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” (Acts 8:12)
“Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.” (Acts 10:47-48)
What About Infant Baptism?
In the Bible we find parents bringing children to Jesus. He held them and prayed for them and told us to welcome them. But he did not baptize them, and he did not tell anyone to baptize them.
Baptism is a public profession of salvation (as the Bible teaches), and only people who have intentionally received salvation should experience baptism.
If you have not experienced adult baptism, even though you have experienced baptism as an infant, the full meaning and significance of baptism has yet to take place in your life. We strongly encourage you to be baptized as an adult believer in Christ.
When Should I Be Baptized?
As soon as you have believed in Christ for salvation.
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news about the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” (Acts 8:12)
Should I Be Baptized Immediately After Salvation?
The Bible teaches that baptism should follow your decision to become a believer. There is no reason to delay. If you wait until you are “good” enough, you will never feel ready for baptism. Since baptism is not a part of your salvation but a symbol of it, it is ok to wait until the next scheduled baptism.
Can I Start Serving Before I Get Baptized?
If you have not yet been baptized by immersion after salvation, baptism is your next step. However, you do not have to wait until you are baptized to begin serving. We want you to schedule your baptism, but we also want you to get plugged in and begin to serve.
Can I get Baptized If I Have Already Been Baptized?
If you have not been baptized by immersion since asking Jesus into your life, your next step is baptism. If you have been baptized since asking Jesus into your life, there is no need to be baptized again.
What Do l Wear?
Dress in clothes you don’t mind getting wet! You will be given a black "I Took The Plunge" shirt to wear, but will need shorts. Remember to bring a change of clothes. There is a changing room available. Towels are provided. The dressing room offers an area for dressing, drying hair and getting ready for Worship. Arrive 30 minutes before the service is scheduled to begin for some last-minute instructions.
How Do I Register?
Send us a message or come by and see us at the Connection Desk on Sunday. Baptism Sunday is the last Sunday of each month.