Harvest Church

 1-623-334-9482
 churchoffice@hcaz.org
 8340 W Northern Ave
 Glendale, AZ 85305

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Understanding Baptism

How should I be Baptized?

The biblical examples of baptism briefly under water.ere done by immersion or being submerged under water.

Jesus was baptized by immersion: Matthew 3:16

The book of Acts is full of examples of baptism by immersion: Acts 8:38 - 39. Wby immersion.

words such as "went down into the water" and "out of the water" give evidence that biblical baptism was by immersion.

Immersion best symbolizes death and new life which is the imagery of baptism. In Romans 6:3 - 5. We find that baptism is symbolic of death, burial and resurrection.

When should I be Baptized?

 

After you give your life to Christ: Acts 2:35 - 38. As soon as you have given your life to Christ and have received Him as your Savior, you can and should be baptized. If you wait until you're "perfect," you'll never feel "good enough". Jesus asks you to follow Him in baptism now. Call the church office today and let us know you are ready. (623).334.9482

At what age is a child ready to be Baptized?

The Bible gives no age for when a child is ready to be baptized. For baptism to be a meaningful experience and expression of faith, its significance should be understood. Our desire is for a child to understand this important step of baptism in his/her life.

In child development, typically when children reach the age of 8 or 9, they gain the ability to understand abstract concepts. It is at this stage in a child's development that they gain the ability to understand imagery such as those concepts involved in baptism representing our spiritual death, burial and resurrection. That being said, each baptism should be determined on a child-by-child basis. Children who wish to be baptized are asked to complete a baptism class with the attendance of his/her parent(s).

What takes place at a Baptism?

When it is your turn to be baptized, you will get into the water tank.The pastor baptizing you will say, "I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Hold Spirit." Then, they will briefly lower you backwards under the water and then raise you back up. You leave the tank and make your way to a dressing room where you will change clothes and come back to the service.

Note: For baptism, wear clothing that is dark and not transparent when wet. If you have a wig or hair piece, please secure it so you don't lose it. Don't forget to bring a change of clothes, a towel, and a bag for your wet clothes.

What if I was Baptized as a child or want my child baptized?

Some churches practice a "baptism of conformation" for children. The ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his/her own personal confession of Christ.

To not confuse the purpose and intent of baptism, a "child dedication" service is available to parents as a ceremony of covenant between parents and God on behalf of the child. In many ways a "child dedication" service is truly a "parent dedication" service as parents publicly declare to raise their child in the ways of God until the child is old enough to make his/her own personal confession of Christ. 

A child dedication service is held about once a month during weekend services. Please call the church office to register your child. (623).334.9482

What is Baptism?

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward commitment made to Christ. Baptism does not make you a believer - it shows that you already believe. Baptism is like a wedding ring - it's the outward expression of the commitment you have made in your heart.

Who should be Baptized?

People who have become disciples or followers of Jesus Christ should be baptized. Matthew 28:19 - 20, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12 - 13.

Why should I be Baptized?

  • To follow Christ's example: Mark 1:9

  • To obey Christ's command: Matthew 28:19 - 20

  • To show you are a Christ - follower: Acts: 18:8, 1 John 2:3, Matthew 10:32

  • To identify with Christ's death, burial and resurrection: Romans 6:3 - 5

  • To illustrate your new life in Christ: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:4

 

Your baptism is a public demonstration of your faith in and commitment to Jesus Christ.

WATER BAPTISM QUIZ
Have you committed to following Christ?
Have you already signed up for Water Baptism?
I understand I need to be 1/2 hour early to Church on Water Baptism Sunday?
I understand I will be briefly immersed in water?