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.
HOW DO I GET BAPTIZED AT ROLLING HILLS
Join us at our next baptism class! This class is designed to help you understand the significance of baptism and what it means for you personally. You’ll have a chance to learn what’s involved, ask questions, and decide if now is the time for you to take that next step. Class is suitable for middle school age and older.
RH Kids New Believer Next Steps
Is your child asking questions about baptism? Is it time to take that next step? One of the best ways we can help kids to understand and get grounded in their new faith in Jesus is by helping them have good follow-up to a faith decision.
We have two videos to watch with your child; one is for learning more about God before they make the decision and the other is a baptism video after your child has made a decision.
Let’s Learn About God
Is your child curious about who God is and wanting to make a decision to follow Him? Check out this video to learn about who God is and how much he loves us!
What Is Baptism?
Baptism can be a confusing concept. Watch this video to help your child understand what baptism is and it’s importance in our faith journey.
We are always here to help if you have any additional questions. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
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.