BAPTISM AT NEW HOPE
Baptismal services are for believers who wish to give outward expression to the faith resident in their heart in obedience to the Lord’s command, (Matt. 28:19-20).
Baptism is an outward sign of the inward work that the Lord has already done in a person when they are born again. Baptisms are done in public. A person is demonstrating their commitment to follow the Lord in front of other believers. The congregation of New Hope is invited to attend our baptismal services and rejoice with those being baptized. In short, baptism outwardly and publically declares to the world that we are a Christian and intend to live the Christian life and grow and mature in Him.
For some seeking baptism, this may be the first time they have ever been baptized since coming to faith. Others may have had a significant experience in their faith that has caused them to want to make a recommitment to deepen their relationship with the Lord, and they would like to do so by being baptized again. Please know that you do not need to be “re-baptized” just because you may have made New Hope your new church home. You may want to because you desire to renew your commitment to the Lord, but you certainly do not have to.
There have generally been three types of baptism that have been practiced in Christian churches throughout the centuries-sprinkling, pouring and immersion. While all three forms of baptism are valid and have been a source of blessing to those who have undergone them, New Hope practices baptism by immersion. Our baptismal is located in the floor of the platform at the front of the sanctuary.
There are many misconceptions about what baptism is and does. Chief among them perhaps is the belief that baptism somehow “saves” a person. Please understand that baptism does not save a person. It is an outward sign of the saving work God has already done in a person’s heart.
You might take a few minutes and study what the Bible teaches regarding baptism. Here are a few scriptures to get you started: Matt. 3:1-17, Romans chapter six, Acts 16:25-34, 22:12-16.
If you have further questions, please see one of the pastoral staff. Also, you may find it helpful to attend our next Baptismal Information Meeting. (Usually this is held the week before a baptismal service.)