Next Baptism:

Sunday, September 8th, 2017
  • 12:30 pm Tailgate Potluck Party
  • 1:30 pm – Baptisms (approximate time)

Congratulations on taking the next step of declaring your faith through baptism; we can’t wait to celebrate with you! Complete the form below to sign up for baptism. Someone will be in touch with you soon to talk through the details of what baptism is, what it isn’t, and why it’s a great way to share your faith and allegiance to Jesus and His church.

If you are a student, Pastor Jake will be in contact with you to help you through your decision.
If you are an adult, Pastor Donnie will contact you.

September 8th we will have a special time of testimonies and baptism during our Fall Kickoff Tailgate Potluck Party following the Sunday morning worship gathering. Come and enjoy the food, games, fun, and time of testimonies through baptism.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT BAPTISM?

People often have questions regarding baptism: Why should I be baptized? What if I’ve already been baptized—do I have to do it again? Does baptism save me? Does it matter if someone is dedicated or dunked? Take a few minutes to read the 6 Q&A’s on baptism:

Q&A’s ON BAPTISM

What is baptism?

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34).
Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!

Should I be baptized?

Why does baptism matter? Jesus instructs us to be baptized and He Himself set the example by being baptized (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9).
Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can and should go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).

When’s the best time to be baptized?

Once you have made a heartfelt commitment to Jesus or anytime after that. For some, baptism wasn’t something they felt a conviction for right after their conversion but felt a desire to be baptized years later; that’s perfect. For others, they felt a desire to be baptized right after they expressed their desire to follow Christ. For even others, they grew up in the faith and never knew anything other than a relationship with Christ and decided to be baptized as a teenager. For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism needs to be something you do when you are ready to fully live out your faith. It becomes a date in which you never forget. A date in which your faith became an active proclamation to everyone to walk with you, encourage you and challenge you to keep growing and leading in the name of Christ. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).

Do you baptize children?

As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).
Any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). At Neighborhood Friends Church, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism and becoming a disciple of Jesus.
If your child has already asked Jesus into his/her life, explain what baptism is and what it means. Facilitate the conversation, but don’t dominate it. Ask our pastoral staff for advice and resources in talking to your kids about faith and the meaning of baptism.

What’s the difference between immersing, sprinkling, dedicating, and other ways of baptizing?

Sprinkling vs. Immersing
Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16Mark 1:10).
Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being immersed underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life (Romans 6:3-5).
Dedication
Child dedications are different than baptism as it is a time in which parents, family, and church family are making a pledge to raise the child in a Godly home and church. Dedication is a ceremony in which parents are dedicating their child to the blessing of the Lord and asking for God’s spiritual provision in their lives. It’s also a time in which parents are making a vow to dedicate their own lives to the spiritual development of their children. The church itself has a vital role in the dedication of children by committing to love, disciple, and train the child alongside the parents.
If interested in dedicating your child, contact Pastor Donnie to get information of the next Dedication service.

Do I need to be baptized again?

If you haven’t been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, it’s simply another opportunity in your walk with Jesus to declare to others of your faith. Baptism will not save you, but it is a wonderful step in your growth as a follower of Jesus. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again, but we also recognize that many were baptized for the wrong reasons and you may choose to be baptized again as a new profession of your faith and desire to live out your faith with Neighborhood Friends!
God never asks us to take a next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He says.

Is baptism your next step?

Next Steps:
1. If you haven’t already done so, express your desire to be baptized to one of the staff members at Neighborhood by sending an email to dhinshaw@neighborhoodfriends.org. (if you filled out the form, an email will automatically be sent)
2. Share your desire to be baptized with close friends and family as a way of honoring those close to you.
3. Prepare your story to share with Neighborhood Friends. Below are some questions to ponder as you prepare that story.
4. Ask a believer who has played a significant part of your story to baptize you. You may also ask one of the staff or pastors if they are that person.
5. Plan to be present for our next baptism service. We usually try to plan two baptism services a year and we will send out more info once that time approaches.