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Baptism

What does baptism represent?

Baptism represents the death we experience to our old self/old life, the cleansing we experience from Christ Jesus, the covenant and bond we share with God, and the new life we now live in Christ Jesus.

  1. Death (Romans 6:3-4) – There is no resurrection without a death. New life does not happen without burying the old life. Being dunked into the water represents us joining Jesus in death and being buried with him.

  2. Cleansing (1 Peter 3:21; 1 John 1:8-9) – In our sin, we have stains and filth that need to be cleansed. The water represents the cleansing of our souls that is provided by the blood of Jesus when we commit our
    lives to Him and ask for forgiveness.

  3. Covenant (Romans 6)– Our response to Jesus as believers is conviction, repentance, and obedience. Romans 6 speaks in covenantal language. For example, “buried with Christ,” “united with Him in His death,” “crucified with Christ,” “we will also live with Him.” These verses capture the bonding moments that are represented in baptism.

  4. New Life (John 3:3-6; Acts 2:38-39)– As we are raised from the water in baptism, it represents being resurrected through Jesus and with Jesus into our new life. It is an act of submission to accept what Jesus has done for us and we are called to new life after committing our lives to Him.

FAQs

Everyone who is willing to repent of their sins, confess their belief in Jesus, and commit their life to Jesus should be baptized.

The word for “baptism” in the New Testament is the Greek word baptizo, which means “to immerse in water.” The New Testament says baptism represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (Romans 6:1-5). Baptism serves as a symbol of the burial of the old self and the resurrection of the believer’s soul to walk in new life with Jesus. Therefore, at The Hills, we baptize people by immersing them in water.

A person should be baptized at the time he or she trusts in Jesus. A person’s baptism was always the first expression of faith in the New Testament church. At The Hills, we encourage a person to be baptized at the time that he or she is ready to commit their life to Jesus.

A person should be baptized to follow the example of Jesus (Matthew 3:13- 17), to obey God’s command (Matthew 28:18), to accept forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16), express trust in Christ (Acts 8:12-13), and to testify to God’s work in his or her life (Romans 6:1-8; Galatians 3:27). The only method by which the human soul can be wiped clean of sin is through the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 9:27-10:7), and this “washing away” of sin is most clearly symbolized in the act of baptism (Acts 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21).

Baptism is a personal decision that follows the decision to follow Jesus so we encourage baptism for children who are able to make that decision on their own. We have Family Dedication for younger children which allows parents to commit to raising their children to love and honor Jesus. If you have further questions about how to know your child is ready for baptism or how to have a conversation with your children about baptism, click HERE.

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