About Baptism

 
Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others we have personally trusted Jesus for our salvation. Jesus was baptized when He was on the earth, and we do this to follow His example. When Christians are baptized, they are submerged under water to identify with the death and burial of Jesus and raised out of the water to identify with His resurrection. We believe that water baptism is a public declaration of three important things: you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are beginning a changed life in Christ, and you are part of a new family.
 

ATTEND STEP ONE OF THE GROWTH TRACK

 

The first step to being water baptized is to be a follower of Jesus. Attend Step One of the Growth Track, where you will learn what it means to follow Jesus and have the opportunity to participate in the next baptism service.

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO JOIN YOU

Water baptism is a time of celebration and public declaration of new life in Christ. Bring your friends and family with you to Step One of the Growth Track so you can celebrate together.

WE PROVIDE EVERYTHING YOU NEED

Don’t worry about what to bring for water baptism. Our team is prepared with everything you need including a Baptism t-shirt you get to keep.

Baptism Facts

1. WHY BE BAPTIZED?

Those who are baptized are following Jesus’ example and obeying His command.

  • “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven         was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on           him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well           pleased.’” —Matthew 3:16–17
  • “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been           given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey       everything I have commanded you.’” —Matthew 28:18–20

2. WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BAPTISM?

Water baptism is a public declaration of three very important things:

  • You are a follower of Jesus Christ.
        “Those who accepted his message were baptized.” —Acts 2:41
  • You are beginning a changed life in Christ.
        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
  • You are part of a new family.
        “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were           baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” —Galatians 3:26–27

3. I HAVE ALREADY BEEN BAPTIZED. SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED AGAIN?

Your baptism should have signified you becoming a follower of Jesus, beginning a changed life, and uniting with a new family. If your baptism did not reflect this change of life, then you should be baptized again.
 

4. CAN MY CHILD BE BAPTIZED?

We will baptize anyone over age 7 who understands what baptism symbolizes and wants to make that personal public declaration. We encourage any parents to partner with our Harvest Kids and Harvest Students ministries to guide your children through these decisions of faith.

For more information to help guide your child through this important decision, check out our
Children’s Baptism Guide PDF
 

5. CAN MY INFANT BE BAPTIZED?

Throughout the New Testament, the Bible teaches that baptism is a public expression of worship symbolizing the new life we have when we follow Jesus. In the Bible we see that Jesus’ parents dedicated him to the Lord (Luke 2:22–40), and he was later baptized as an adult (Matthew 3:16–17).

We understand that some churches practice “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a commitment between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his or her own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed and is different from the biblical examples of new believers being baptized to publicly profess their faith in Jesus.

So at Family Harvest we provide opportunities for child dedication and believer’s baptism.