Baptism is an important step of obedience that shows others we have personally trusted Jesus for our salvation. When Christians are baptized, they are submerged under water to identify with the death and burial of Jesus and raised out of the water to identify with His resurrection. People often have questions regarding baptism: Why be baptized? Should I be baptized again? Please take a few minutes and read the facts about baptism.
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Make plans to attend one of our baptism services. We typically baptize on the first Sunday of the month at a campus near you. We also occasionally host special baptism events at other times. For more information, please visit our events page.
If you are planning to be baptized, please bring a towel and change of clothes and invite your friends and family to come and celebrate with you.
Those who are baptized are following Jesus’ example and obeying His command.
Water baptism is a public declaration of three very important things:
Your baptism should have signified you becoming a follower of Jesus, beginning a changed life, and uniting with a new family. If your baptism did not reflect this change of life, then you should be baptized again.
We will baptize anyone who understands what baptism symbolizes and wants to make that personal public declaration. We encourage any parents to partner with our Highlands Kids and Highlands Students ministries to guide your children through these decisions of faith.
Throughout the New Testament, the Bible teaches that baptism is a public expression of worship symbolizing the new life we have when we follow Jesus. In the Bible we see that Jesus’ parents dedicated him to the Lord (Luke 2:22–40), and he was later baptized as an adult (Matthew 3:16–17).
We understand that some churches practice “baptism of confirmation” for children. This ceremony is intended to be a commitment between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his or her own personal confession of Christ. This custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed and is different from the biblical examples of new believers being baptized to publicly profess their faith in Jesus.
So at Highlands we provide opportunities for child dedication and believer’s baptism. Both of these occur on the second Sunday of the month in their own individual services. To schedule a baby dedication, contact Lori Thigpen.