"We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life." – Romans 6:4
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Click HERE to read answers to some frequently asked questions regarding baptism.
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HOW DO I GET BAPTIZED AT HARVEST?
1. Watch The Story:
- Watch THE STORY, a 6 minute video about how it all began, and how it will never end (click the image below).
2. Read the 4 Steps to Peace with God
- Read the 4 Steps to PEACE WITH GOD to discover the love God has for you, and the salvation He offers (click the image below).
3. Watch "Baptism: Questions & Answers"
- Watch "BAPTISM: QUESTIONS & ANSWERS," a message by Pastor Rob. If you have further questions, read "DISCOVER MORE ABOUT BAPTISM."
4. Complete the Study Guide: "A Look at Baptism"
- Click HERE to download and complete the Study Guide: "A Look at Baptism"
- Keep this guide as a remembrance of your baptism. Review any questions you had throughout the study with your baptizing pastor.
5. Read the Baptism Preparation Guidelines
- Click HERE to read the guidelines regarding the preparation of your personal testimony, as well as what to expect during the baptism process.
6. Complete Your Baptism Worksheet
- The Baptism Worksheet is where you will provide your Personal Information, as well as your Personal Testimony.
- This form must be completed and returned to the Church Office in order to be baptized at Harvest.
- Click HERE to download a printable version of the Baptism Worksheet. Hard copies can be returned to the Church Office during business hours, or to the Information desk during weekend services.
- Click HERE to fill out and submit the Baptism Worksheet online.
7. 4th-8th Grade Students
- 4th–8th grade students are required to take a Baptism Class prior to being baptized. This class is typically held a week or so prior to the baptism services. See "UPCOMING BAPTISM OPPORTUNITIES" above, or contact the Church Office for class details.
8. Talk to Our Staff
- Once your Baptism Worksheet has been received and reviewed, a member of our pastoral staff will contact you to discuss your testimony and any questions you may have.
9. Pray About It
- Pray that God will be glorified in your baptism.
10. Get Baptized!
- Set aside any fears you have, ask God to help you, and publicly proclaim your allegiance to Christ in the waters of baptism.
What is baptism?
Baptism is an outward symbol of the inner transformation that takes place when you give your life to Christ through faith. It signifies to the world that you identify as a follower of Jesus Christ (Acts 10:48; Gal 3:27).
- Your unity with Christ through faith (Rom 6:3, 5; Col 2:12)
- Your release from the grip of sin (Rom 6:3)
- Your cleansing from sin (Acts 22:16)
- Your new life in Christ (Rom 6:4)
Who should be baptized?
All those who profess faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior should be baptized (Acts 2:37-38). In other words, all believers (Acts 10:47), and only believers, should be baptized. Otherwise, you’re saying something outwardly that’s not true inwardly. This is the precedent we see in the Bible (Acts 2:41, 8:12, 10:47, 18:8).
Why should I be baptized?
1. Jesus commands that we should (Mt 28:19-20)
2. Jesus was (Mk 1:9)
3. The apostles taught it (Acts 2:38)
4. The early church practiced it (Acts 2:41, 8:12)
Baptism is not required for salvation. We are saved by grace through faith, not works (Eph 2:8-9). However, it is a part of growing in your walk with Christ.
When should I be baptized?
1. After committing your life to Christ by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. The example in the Bible is faith (belief), then baptism.
2. As soon as you understand what you’re doing and appreciate the significance of the event.
3. When you’re capable of giving a believable public profession of faith (Acts 8:34-38).
4. For children, the timing varies based on their understanding, ability to give a credible testimony, and maturity. We think it’s best that they wait until at least 4th or 5th grade.
How should I be baptized?
Since the word for baptize in the New Testament means “to dip under,” and the examples in Scripture indicate immersion (Mk 1:10; Jn 3:23; Acts 8:38), we believe, when given the choice, that you should be baptized by immersion.
What does a typical baptism at Harvest look like?
1. Testimony. You give a brief testimony of your life before Christ, how you came to Christ, and how He has changed you. You don’t have to be a polished public speaker; just overflowing with the love of God, and a desire to glorify Him.
2. Immersion. You’re immersed—you’re laid back under the water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3. Rejoice! We rejoice and celebrate with you!
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