We celebrate baptism throughout the year during our weekend gatherings. If you’re interested in being baptized, read the process below.
1. Read “What we believe about Baptism” & watch the short video below.
2. Let us know if you’d like to be baptized by filling out a connect card during a weekend gathering or calling our office at 330-601-0419.
3. Prepare your story to share your testimony on video. (You can download a copy of our Baptism Packet here.)
4. Meet with a Pastor to talk through baptism and also shoot your testimony video.
What We Believe About Baptism and Who Should Be Baptized
Christians believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, salvation occurs only when a person places his or her faith in Jesus Christ through Christ’s death and resurrection as the sufficient payment for his or her sin.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are ready to be baptized. Just like a bride and groom show others their love for one another by wearing wedding bands, your baptism is your opportunity to show others that you have accepted Christ and are now walking with Him.
If you have any questions about how to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, please call us at 330-601-0419 .
What Baptism Symbolizes
Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:
– Accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
– Shared in His death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old
life), then rising again (new life). Romans 6:5-10
– Were symbolically washed clean, and sins were forgiven by His death on the cross.
Because Jesus instructed us to be baptized, baptism is an act of obedience. While it is not necessary for salvation, it demonstrates submission to God. We immerse at New Hope Church because we believe Scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as a way to publicly acknowledge our faith in Him. In the original language it is the word Baptizo, which literally translates “to dip, to immerse, get wet all over”.
Some denominations choose to christen infants. While we recognize the right of other churches to practice infant christening, we understand Scripture to teach that only professing believers qualify for baptism. Baptism does not make you a believer, rather it shows that you already believe.