Why get baptized? Well, we’ll talk about that in detail in a moment, but first, congratulations on considering baptism as a momentous step in your Christian walk. Baptism, we believe, is one of God’s commands, but as with all of His commands, blessings come into our lives when we do what He wants us to do.
As you prepare for baptism it will give you the opportunity to reflect on all God has done in your life and how amazing the gift of salvation really is. You will be filled with gratitude and perhaps awe as you consider all that God has done for you.
If you feel some trepidation, stemming from the vulnerability of getting baptized by immersion, know that God will be right there with you. Baptism is an exciting milestone, a spiritual watershed, and we at Harbour look forward to sharing it with you. We want to be there for you and will support you every step of the way.
This page explains baptism and outlines the process for scheduling your special day.
WHAT IS BAPTISM?
1. It is a public demonstration of your belief in, and acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
- Baptism is like a wedding ring. It’s the outward symbol of a commitment you make in your heart. Baptism doesn’t make you a believer; it shows that you already believe. Baptism doesn’t “save” you; only your faith in Christ does that.
- ”Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” — 2 Corinthians 5:17
- “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” — Ephesians 2:8, 9
2. It is an illustration of Christ’s burial and resurrection.
- ”For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.” — I Corinthians 15:3, 4
- ”…having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.” — Colossians 2:12
3. It symbolizes spiritual cleansing through divine forgiveness.
- “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” — Titus 3:5
- “And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.” — Acts 22:16
4. It is an act of obedience to the command of Christ.
- “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” — Matthew 28:19
- “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” — Acts 2:38
WHY BE BAPTIZED BY IMMERSION?
1. Because, we believe, this was the Biblical method of baptism.
- ”As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.” —– Matthew 3:16
- “…then both Philip and the man went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water…” — Acts 8:38, 39
2. Because this is the meaning of the word “baptism.”
- The word “baptize” means: “To dip under water.”
- The Greek work “baptizo” means: “To plunge, immerse or dip under water.”
3. Because it best symbolizes the meaning of baptism.
- “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” — Romans 6:4
WHO SHOULD BE BAPTIZED?
Every person who believes in Christ.
- ”Those who accepted his message were baptized.” — Acts 2:41
- ”But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized.” — Acts 8:12, 13
WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO BE BAPTIZED?
- Read and understand this brochure.
- Contact us to set up a time to meet. (Form Below)
- Write your personal testimony.
- Meet with us to discuss your spiritual journey and desire to be baptized.
- Get baptized on a Sunday morning.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT MY BAPTISM?
The act of Baptism is a public profession of faith. You will find it meaningful and encouraging to share your story with the Harbour community. Many listeners will remember their own baptisms, and will be spurred on in their faith journeys. Many will praise God upon hearing how He has worked in your life. Your baptism may even be the trigger for someone else to seek out baptism as well.
We ask all candidates to prepare a written testimony describing the process leading up to their decision to follow Christ. Usually, this testimony is read by someone else on the baptism day or videotaped in advance and played at the baptism.
As you consider your baptism, remember that you will be speaking to a receptive audience. Your listeners are not judges, but family, and many of them have come through similar experiences. Each person who comes for baptism is precious in the eyes of God and He is pleased with this step of yours.
You will be taking a step of faith, and God honors such acts of obedience. This will be a memorable and festive day for you, an anchor in your Christian life and a time at which you are especially likely to feel God’s nearness and love.
ARE THERE ANY FINAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR MY BAPTISM DAY?
Women should wear shorts and a plain dark top for baptism. Men should wear a pair of swim trunks or shorts and a plain dark t-shirt. In addition to clothing that preserves modesty when wet, you will need to bring a towel and a plastic bag for your wet clothing.
The washrooms in the north auditorium hallway are available for changing. Please arrive 30 minutes before the service is to begin, giving you time to change. You’ll also need time to meet in the lead pastor’s office for prayer and final instructions. May God bless you as you prepare for baptism!
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