Baptism publicly announces our faith, identifies us with Jesus, and symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It’s the way that God wants all new believers to go “all in” and go public with their faith. It’s a simple act, but it takes great courage.
Keep in mind that baptism is not something that saves us eternally – that happens when we come to know Jesus.
Who should be baptized?
Baptism is a command and expectation for every believer who has made a commitment to Jesus. If you were baptized as a child, you may not have made the decision on your own to follow Christ in baptism. If you have not been baptized since asking Jesus to be the forgiver and leader of your life, we invite you to be baptized at Grace Hills. We also encourage people who have been away from church for many years to consider baptism as an act of public re-commitment to Jesus.
Does baptism make me a Christian? Do I have to be baptized to go to heaven?
Baptism is something that God commands and expects every believer to take seriously and to go through as an act of obedience. It’s vitally important, but to say that baptism “saves” us or that baptism is required before I can go to heaven contradicts the teachings of the Bible. Jesus told the thief on the cross, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” The thief had no time to be baptized before dying moments later. Baptism is simply the first next step for a new believer in Jesus.
When can I be baptized?
We set aside at least one Sunday per quarter and announce in advance on Facebook, and on our events page when the next baptism service will be. But you can also let us know you’re ready now by filling out our online communication card here.
Can my family be baptized together? Can family members participate in my baptism?
Yes. We love to see family members go through baptism together, but we don’t recommend waiting long for family members to make a decision for Christ and we are careful to make sure that kids “own” their own decision for Jesus. And we do invite believing parents or close family members to assist as our Pastors baptize.
What should I bring on baptism day?
If you wish, you can bring your own shorts/pants, undergarments, and a towel, along with anything else you think you might need. But you don’t have to bring anything. We make it possible for people to be baptized “on the spot” by providing towels, clothes, and t-shirts.
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