AUGUST 4th & 25th @ 4PM

We are so excited about our first River Baptism this year.  We will be having it at Reid Merrill Park in Eagle. If you have never been baptized, this is the time! Check out the information below to help you understand what Baptism is.  

If you are interested in more info and/or to be be baptized, sign up here!

What about Baptism?

One of the most important things to understand about baptism is that it is not the “thing” that saves you or makes you in right relationship with Jesus. Before you are baptized, a person gives their life to Jesus and makes Him the Lord of their life, and then after that, baptism takes place.

Baptism is something that was modeled by Jesus and it is a public profession of saying you are a Christian.

WHY SHOULD I GET BAPTIZED?

To follow Jesus example.
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.”
(Mark 1:9)
Jesus commanded it.
“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.”
(Matthew 28:19-20)
It demonstrates I am a Believer.
“We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.”
(1 John 2:3)

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?

It illustrates the Gospel message.
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day...”
(1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

“Having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.”
(Colossians 2:12)
Why do we baptize by immersion?
Because Jesus was baptized that way. “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.”
(Matthew 3:16)
Every Biblical example was by immersion.

“Then both Phillip and the eunuch went down into the water and Phillip baptized him. When they came up out of the water...”
(Acts 8:38-39)

The word “baptize” literally means “to dip or immerse”. It symbolizes a burial and resurrection.“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
(Romans 6:3-4)
Who should be baptized?
Anybody who calls themselves a follower of Jesus. Baptism is a step of obedience that publically shows others that someone has personally trusted Jesus for their salvation. Every person who believes in Jesus should be baptized. Having decided to trust Jesus alone for their salvation, they follow Him in baptism as a symbol of their new life in Him.

“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”
(Acts 2:41)
What about children?
Scripturally, all instances of baptism follow an individual’s decision to trust Jesus alone for their salvation. At Stonehill Church, we wait until children are old enough to believe and understand the meaning of baptism before we baptize them. When a child makes a decision for Christ, we gladly baptize them as a symbol of their faith in Christ.