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We are excited that you are interested in baptism. We believe that baptism is an important step of obedience for every person who has accepted Christ as his or her Savior.
This page has been designed to explain baptism and the necessary steps to be baptized at an upcoming service. If you have further questions, feel free to contact us at email@example.com, or call us at 697-8300. We consider it a privilege to walk with you as you take this next step on your spiritual journey.
What We Believe About Baptism
Christians believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when a person places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his or her sin.
Who Should Be Baptized
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized. If you have any questions about how to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Just like a bride and groom show others their love for one another by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is your opportunity so show others that you have accepted Christ and are now walking with Him.
What Baptism Symbolizes
Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:
* Accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
* Shared in His death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life).
* We're symbolically washed clean, and sins were forgiven by His death on the cross.
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God. We immerse at Harvest Community Church because we believe Scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in Him.
Infant Christening: Some denominations choose to christen infants. While we recognize the right of other churches to practice infant christening, we understand Scripture to teach that only professing believers qualify for baptism. Baptism does not make you a believer, rather it shows that you already believe.
For More Information, check out our Considering Baptism bible study.