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 repents and places his or her faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for his or her sin.
If Jesus Christ is 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 Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior and you are now following Him.
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: repentance acknowledges Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We share in his death and resurrection, illustrated by going under the water (dead to your old life), and then rising again (new life). We are symbolically washed clean, and sins are 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 Harvest Church because we believe Scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the way to publicly acknowledge our faith in him.
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.
We also recognize Scripture says to bring up your children in the ways of the Lord. We acknowledge this through child dedication. If you are interested in child dedication for your child please let us know by filling out the form here.
The Baptism Process
The baptism process at New Harvest Church has been designed to be both simple and meaningful. Once you have decided to be baptized, we invite you to meet with one of our staff members. You will be invited to write your story to share at the time of your baptism. You will either read your story or choose someone to read your story for you. You will also be invited to choose who you would like to have baptize you. You are encouraged to choose someone who has been influential in your relationship with Jesus. This could be someone who has discipled or mentored you in your faith journey. At New Harvest Church, our mission is for everyone in our church family to be making disciples of Jesus. This includes baptizing new disciples, so we empower all disciple-makers to baptize others, rather than reserve that role for pastors alone.
We schedule baptisms quarterly throughout the year. If you are interested in being baptized please let us know by filling out the form below.