Baptism is an outward symbol that a person has entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what has taken place inwardly at the time of our salvation:
Our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Our sharing in His death and resurrection illustrated by going under the water, dead to our old life, then rising again in new life.
Our being symbolically washed clean, our sins being forgiven by His death on the cross.
We immerse at Hope Church because scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the mode for profession of faith in Him. However, the method is not the focus, rather the state of the heart at the time of baptism. A person has not been baptized (as scripture explains it) if he has only been christened as an infant or as a child before his personal relationship started. Infant baptism, in some denominations, is a decision made by the parents that they are dedicating the child’s life to Christ and will raise the child as a Christian. At Hope Church families celebrate baby dedications as a symbol of their intent to raise that child as a follower of Christ. When someone is baptized after he has accepted Christ, it is a decision that he has made for himself. For parents, this can be viewed as a completion of what they started.
Baptism is a public profession and we have found that a testimony is meaningful to the individuals getting baptized and insightful for those attending the service. You never know who may be impacted positively by your words.
If you are thinking about becoming a member of Hope Church, baptism or at least being a canidate for baptism is one of the requirements. Baptism is not synonymous with membership, and we do not want someone to get baptized just to become a member. However, we want our members, those leading others into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, to have this firm foundation of a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Baptism is the outward sign that they do have this relationship.
If you are interested in being water baptized, please fill out the form below and someone will get contact you shortly. We are excited to be a part of this next step of your spiritual journey.