Baptism

 

We’re glad you’re interested in baptism and hope this information will be a help to you in understanding Scriptural baptism and how HBC views and performs it.

If you desire to be baptized, please contact the church office on 402-291-4588.


What Baptism Means

+ It is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

I Corinthians 15:3b-4 “…how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”

Colossians 2:12, “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”

+ It’s a picture of a new life in Christ.

Romans 6:4, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

II Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

+ It’s not able to save you.

Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Titus 3:5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

Why Believers Should Be Baptized

+ To follow Christ’s example

Mark 1:9, “And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.”

+ To obey Christ’s command

Matthew 28:9-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”

+ To prove you’re a believer

I John 2:3, “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.”

Baptism By Immersion

+ You should be baptized by immersion because that’s the way Jesus was baptized.

Matthew 3:16, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:”

+ You should be baptized by immersion because that’s the way every baptism was done in the Bible.

Acts 8:38b-39”…and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.”

+ You should be baptized by immersion because that’s what the word “baptize” means.

“Baptize” comes from the word baptizo which means, “to dip under water”

Who Should Be Baptized

Every person who has received the free gift of salvation should be baptized. This is a person who understands that he is guilty of breaking God’s laws and as a result is separated from God. He accepts there is nothing he can do on his own to reach God and that the only way to be reconciled to God is through Jesus Christ’s payment for his personal sin on the cross. If this is this how you would describe yourself, you should be baptized.
When To Be Baptized

+ After you have believed.

Acts 2:41, “When they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”

Acts 8:35-38, “Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”

+ Are these verse saying that you have to baptized immediately after you believe? No. They teach us that baptism should follow your decision rather than precede it. It is, however, important not to delay. If you wait until you feel “ready,” you may never do it!

Infant/Child Baptism

+ At HBC, we do not practice infant baptism. We wait until a child is old enough to make a personal decision about receiving Jesus Christ and to understand the meaning of baptism. Here are some other reasons why we do not practice infant baptism:

+ There are no Biblical accounts of infant baptism.

+ There are no Biblical accounts of a person being baptized without his request or consent.

+ There are no Biblical accounts of a person being baptized before salvation.

+ Jesus never commanded anyone to baptize infants.

+ Some churches practice infant baptism as a means of dedicating their child to God. However momentous this may be for a parent, we do not practice it here at HBC as we do not believe infant baptism is Biblical baptism. We do offer a similar nonbaptismal dedication opportunity for parents called: Parent/Baby Dedication.

+ Since the Bible is clear that baptism signifies salvation, only those who have personally received Jesus Christ should be baptized. If you have only been baptized as an infant before personal belief and trust in Jesus Christ, we strongly encourage you to be baptized as an adult.

What To Wear For Baptism

We will provide you with a heavy baptismal robe to wear. Our baptismal robes are white so we recommend wearing light colored clothing underneath. Be sure to bring a towel and plastic bag for your wet clothing.

When HBC Performs Baptisms

We baptize frequently throughout the year. Baptisms are usually scheduled to take place following the Sunday Morning Worship Services.