What does baptism do?
Does baptism save me? NO. Salvation comes through faith in Christ alone. Baptism is not necessary for a new life in Christ and the assurance of Heaven. (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 1:16) Baptism is a visible picture of an invisible reality. Upon trusting Christ, you were baptized by the Holy Spirit in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. This is something what we can't actually "see." Water baptism pictures that fact that, as a believer, you are buried with Him (immersed in water) and raised with Him (coming out of the water) to new life.
Why do people decide to get baptized?
Many believers are baptized simply as an act of obedience to Christ's command in Matthew 28:19. In addition, others see it as a way to publicly confess their faith in Christ. It can be an outward sign to family members, friends and the Church that you have decided to follow Jesus. Water baptism can be a special moment where you physically sense what God has done for you in Christ.
What should I do if I think I want to be baptized?
At RHCC, special baptism services are held periodically. Anyone considering baptism is required to attend the ReAct class to ensure they understand baptism and have their questions answered. Some attend the class and then decide not to be baptized, while others decide to take the step of baptism. They are given further instruction as to the details of the baptism service. Sometimes this class is followed up by an interview with a pastor or elder if questions remain or clarification is needed.
If you are interested in taking the next step in baptism, please call the church office to get more information about the next ReACT class and the date of the next baptism service.