"We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that...we too might walk in newness of life." – Romans 6:4
DISCOVER MORE ABOUT BAPTISM
What is baptism?
- Your unity with Christ through faith (Romans 6:3, 5; Colossians 2:12)
- Your release from the grip of sin (Romans 6:3)
- Your cleansing from sin (Acts 22:16)
- Your new life in Christ (Romans 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?
- Jesus commands that we should (Matthew 28:19-20)
- Jesus was (Mark 1:9)
- The apostles taught it (Acts 2:38)
- The early church practiced it (Acts 2:41, 8:12)
When should I be baptized?
- After committing your life to Christ by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. The example in the Bible is faith (belief), then baptism.
- As soon as you understand what you’re doing and appreciate the significance of the event.
- When you’re capable of giving a believable public profession of faith (Acts 8:34-38).
- 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 (Mark 1:10; John 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?
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.
You’re immersed—you’re laid back under the water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We rejoice and celebrate with you!
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.
2. Read "Peace with God"
Read the 4 steps to "Peace with God" to discover the love God has for you, and the salvation He offers.
3. Watch "Baptism: Questions & Answers"
Watch "Baptism: Questions & Answers," a message by Pastor Rob.
4. Complete and Submit the Study Guide: "A Look at Baptism"
The Study Guide: "A Look at Baptism" should be prayerfully walked through and completed as your prepare your heart for baptism. Please submit your completed study guide with your Baptism Worksheet (see Step 6) to the church either in hard copy or via online submission. Your study guide will be returned to you following your baptism. Review any questions you have throughout the study with your baptizing pastor.
5. Read the Baptism Preparation Guidelines
Download and read the guidelines regarding the preparation of your personal testimony, as well as what to expect during the baptism process.
6. Complete and Submit 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. Your Baptism Worksheet can be submitted online, or you can print out a hard copy, fill it in, and return it to the church office during business hours, or to the Information Desk during weekend services.
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 the Upcoming Baptism Opportunities listed above, or contact the church office for class details.
8. Talk to Our Staff
Once your Baptism Worksheet and Study Guide have 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.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
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