What is Baptism? Baptism is a public display of our personal commitment to Jesus. It is a simple outward expression of an inward decision that you have already made to follow Jesus. Baptism is going public with your faith in Christ and identifying yourself as a follower of Jesus.
Should I Be Baptized? Absolutely! We believe that the Bible teaching that once we commit our lives to Jesus, our first act of obedience to him is to be baptized. throughout the New Testament baptism is portrayed as a powerful symbol for those who began following Jesus. Jesus modeled baptism for us (Mark 1:9) and commanded us to follow Him and be baptized as well (Matthew 28:19-20). Baptism is a sign of your relationship with Jesus and a symbol of the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation? No, baptism is not about salvation. Rather it is about identification. Baptism doesn’t save us, but it is the first act of obedience as a follower of Jesus.
What about Infant Baptism? Many people in today’s culture have been baptized as infants. We celebrate their parents desire to commit their children to following God’s path. At Hope City, we have periodic Parent and Child Dedication Days instead of infant baptism. We believe that infant baptism differs from believer’s baptism. We practice believer’s baptism because we believe that believer’s baptism by immersion is consistent with what the Bible teaching throughout the New Testament. Believer’s baptism is a symbol of one’s own personal decision to follow Jesus.