What is baptism?
Baptism is a sign of repentance Baptism - In Matthew 3:1-17 before Jesus begins his Earthly ministry he is Baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River.
John the Baptist was baptizing people who had confessed their sins and immersed them in water for the purpose of repentance.
After Jesus had been Baptized, God descended like a dove and a voice from heaven said “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
- Baptism is a public declaration - It is a public testimony of ones personal decision to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
- Baptism unifies the believer with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit - In Matthew 28:19 after Jesus rose from the dead he said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” In Christ, the believer is brought into unity with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Baptism is more than water - In Mark 10:38 Jesus speaks of Baptism as the act of suffering he is about to experience through dying on the cross. “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” Just as Christ died on the Cross and rose to new life, your Baptism proclaims that you have been raised from your dead life of sin to a new life in Christ.
- Baptism is an ordinance - We at Southern Hills Baptist Church celebrate Baptism as an ordinance. An ordinance is a religious rite which one engages as a memorial or act of obedience. This ordinance historically has marked entrance into a church community.
Why should I be baptized?
- Baptism is a sign of a new beginning - Baptism is a Sign of a New Beginning. Baptism is not only a celebration of acceptance into the Christian Faith and Community, it also is a mark and celebration of a new beginning, a life of freedom in Christ.
- In Scripture, baptism is associated with the forgiveness of sins - In both the Old Testament and New Testament, Baptism is a sign of being made clean and being restored to a right relationship with God.
- Jesus was Baptized - Just as God spoke a great adoration and acceptance to Jesus during his Baptism, God speaks this to each of us.
- Baptism makes things very clear - Because Baptism is a public declaration of faith, there is no confusion or gray area as to where one stands in their faith.
- Baptism is a step in spiritual maturity - Once you have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, Baptism is the next step in the Christian Life.
- Baptism is a celebration - Everyone likes a party! And what could be more exciting than celebrating the proclamation of a life that has been transformed by the power and love of Jesus
A few words about baptism....
Southern Hills is a church made of individuals who have personally claimed Jesus Christ as Lord, publically acknowledged this decision, and then followed through with personal Baptism. Although we know Baptism is only a symbol, we believe that Baptism follows one’s personal decision to accept Jesus as Lord rather than precedes it.
If you have already personally crossed over... to follow Christ and followed through with Baptism, and are looking for a church home, Southern Hills warmly opens itself to you. We believe that being connected with a local church is important and critical in a Christian’s life.
For friends who claim Christ as Lord... but have come from traditions in which Baptism comes before one makes a personal decision to accept Christ, we would ask that as an act of obedience to Christ, they follow his example and likewise are Baptized.
For friends who have claimed Christ... but have never followed through with personal Baptism, we would be honored to be a family that celebrates this moment of completion by witnessing your baptism.