Are you thinking about taking that next step?
 
We believe that baptism is an important step of obedience for every person who has accepted Jesus as his or her Savior. If you attend any of our services, you will probably witness a baptism. Still, you may have questions. Why is it an act of obedience? Is it required of everyone? If I’ve been baptized before, do I need to do it again?  Before you read more about, watch some of our recent baptism stories.
 
PREVIOUS BAPTISM TESTIMONIES  (List of videos on upper left corner of video)
 
THE BAPTISM PROCESS
Our baptism process has been designed to be both simple and meaningful.  From getting signed up to the baptism meeting, each step has been carefully planned with you in mind.
 1.   If you think baptism is the next step for you, email pastor Liz at Liz@churchontheave.com to let her know you are interested.
2. We will then contact you to schedule a time to sit down and go over baptism in general and listen to your story of faith.
3. We will then give you information to prep for your videotaping and preparation for baptism.
4. We will have you come in to tape your baptism.  It’s really not as scary as you think.  With the wonderful world of editing and prepping, it will come out really well.
5. Get baptized!  Baptisms take place during our Sunday services and include a showing of your prerecorded video prior to your baptism.
 
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 the death and resurrection of Christ 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 contact pastor Liz.
 
WHAT BAPTISM SYMBOLIZES

Baptism is a way of showing others that you have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what took place in your heart at the time of salvation:

  • You accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
  • You shared in his death and resurrection, illustrated through baptism by going under the water (dead to your old life), then rising again (new life).
  • You were symbolically washed clean, and your 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 because we believe Scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in him.
 
INFANT CHRISTENING
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.