We believe that baptism is one of the ordinances left by Christ for the Church today. Baptism is an outward sign of the inward reality that a person has turned from man’s way to God’s way.
To baptize literally means to dip or immerse; therefore, the mode of Baptism here at Rolling Hills is immersion. We understand Baptism as a beautiful public statement of one’s faith in Christ and therefore a great privilege and step of obedience to Christ.
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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Why Be Baptized?
TO FOLLOW CHRIST’S EXAMPLE
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth and was baptized by John in the river.
TO OBEY CHRIST’S COMMAND
Jesus said, “Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and then teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
TO SHOW YOU ARE A BELIEVER
…many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.
TO SHOW THAT YOU KNOW CHRIST
We know that we have come to know Him, if we obey His commands.
1 John 2:3
DOES ROLLING HILLS BAPTIZE INFANTS?
No. According to Acts 2:38-39, the biblical pattern for baptism is to:
- Repent (turn from our sins)
- Believe (trust in Christ for forgiveness of sins)
- Be baptized
Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward reality. Although infants and very young children belong to God (2 Samuel 12:23), they do not yet have the capacity to repent and believe. Also, the Bible does not support infant baptism. At Rolling Hills, parents may dedicate their family to the Lord through Family Dedications.
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With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
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