Who should be baptized?
Jesus said "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick." (Matt 19:12, Mark 2:17, Luke 5:31) He was implying that we have all been infected with a disease called sin, but not everyone is willing to admit it. When you recognize you are sinful and need forgiveness, (or are spiritually sick and need a doctor) and you ask Jesus to forgive you and begin the process of healing your heart and soul, then you are ready to be baptized.
Just like a bride and groom invite their family and friends to a wedding where they make their commitment to one another "official", baptism is a way to make your commitment to follow Jesus "official."
To take the first step, click here to let us know you want to get baptized at Hope!
If you have any questions about how to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, read more here or feel free to contact Pastor Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some churches practice infant baptism as a way of dedicating their child to God and asking for God's blessing upon them. This is different from the tradition of baptism Jesus gave to his disciples as a symbol of repentance and new life. We understand the Bible teaches that only those who are able to profess their faith themselves qualify for baptism. Baptism does not make you a believer, rather it shows that you already believe. Therefore, instead of infant baptism, we invite families to be a part of a Baby Dedication ceremony. To get more information about being part of our next Baby Dedication opportunity, please contact us at email@example.com.