BECOMING A BELIEVER
Following Jesus is a journey and every journey has steps. Whether you have just begun to follow Jesus or have been on the journey for years, you
Jesus said, "Follow me." The Son of God invited simple, common, broken, imperfect people to follow Him. This means that somehow, even with our shortcomings and failures, God is willing to accept us. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
The most important step in your faith journey is making the decision to follow Jesus. Will you leave your old life and receive the new life He wants to give you? How you answer this question will determine the rest of your journey. Being a follower of Jesus is not about being good enough. It is certainly not about being perfect. It is not about earning forgiveness. It is simply about accepting the fact that God loved you enough to send His Son to die for you. Are you willing to receive God's free gift of salvation:
ADMIT you are a sinner (as we all are).
BELIEVE that God sent Jesus to pay the ultimate price for our sin, offering a new life of forgiveness.
CONFESS that Jesus is Lord and your one and only connection to God.
Baptism is the immersion of a believer into water. It is an act of obedience symbollizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior. It illustrates the believer's death to sin, the burial of his or her former life and the resurrection into newness of life in Christ Jesus.
After taking the step of salvation, the next step for a follower of Jesus is baptism. In the act of baptism, a follower of Jesus in immersed in water and then lifted up out of the water.
Baptism is not salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is a symbol of salvation. Just as married coules wear rings to symbolize their union, baptism is the public expression of the change that Jesus has made in one's heart.
Baptism follows the example set by Jesus...
Baptism is a symbol of the death and resurrection of Jesus...
Baptism is a picture of how Jesus has washed one clean from all sin...
Baptism is an important step of obedience to demonstrate your decisionto follow Jesus...
Does New Hope practice immersion or sprinkling?
We baptize by immersion becaue: (1) Jesus was baptized that way (Matthew 3:16); (2) Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion (like Acts 8:38-39; (3) The word "baptize" means "to dip under water"; (4) Immersion best symbolizes a burial and resurrection (Romans 6:1-11).
What if I have already been baptized or sprinkled?
The Bible teaches that followers of Jesus should be baptized. There is not a clear mandate that someone has to be baptized in a particular local church. If you have been baptized elsewhere, that was your act of obedience. If you have been sprinkled, we ask that you be baptized.
Do you baptize children?
We do baptize children. If your child is asking questions & is curious about salvation, we encourage you to speak with your child and then you and your child meet with our pastor. We want to ensure that your child understands the meaning of baptism before choosing to experience it.
What about infant baptism?
Because we believe baptism should follow a personal decision to follow Christ, we do not baptize infants.
How do I know if I am ready to be baptized?
Baptism is for anyone who has chosen to become a follower of Jesus. Baptism will not give someone eternal life. That comes through faith in Jesus. Baptism is a way of publicly identifying with Jesus. If we waited until we were perfect before being baptized, we would never be baptized.
How does Baptism work at New Hope?
We shcedule baptisms every week when someone comes forward for salvation. You will be contacted by our office and by a letter to schedule your baptism and to let you know what the procedure is.
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