An outward sign of your faith commitment.
Baptism is commanded by Christ. It’s an action that demonstrates that our commitment to Him is real and that we have truly believed, and identified, with the gospel message. However, baptism is not the means by which God offers salvation to us; we are saved only by God’s grace through our faith in Christ Jesus. Baptism shows that we have understood what Christ Jesus has done for us in His death, burial and resurrection.
At HPAC we baptize by full immersion. We do this to follow the biblical example and to honour the symbolism of baptism. Being fully immersed in water symbolically portrays His death and burial and being raised up shows His resurrection. Immersion also symbolizes that, in receiving Christ, we die to our sin and are raised to live a new life (cf. Romans 6:11). Baptism, then, is an outward sign of our faith commitment.
The Bible has a lot to say about baptism …
You will notice that there is a sequence, or steps, clear in Scripture, “belief” followed by “baptism”.
“… many of the people who heard Him believed and were baptized.” ~ Acts 18:8
“Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized …” ~ Acts 2:41
“Simon himself believed and was baptized …” ~ Acts 8:13
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News … and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” ~ Acts 8:12
We teach and maintain that all believers should obey Christ’s command and demonstrate their faith in Him through the waters of believer’s baptism.
Have you been baptized?