Saying ‘yes’ to baptism gave Jon a true understanding of what it means to be a child of God.
Hosanna! encourages water baptism after a person has made a personal decision to follow Christ. Water baptism is an outward sign of an inner change. Baptism by water immersion is a way to publicly profess your own personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Once someone professes faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, the Bible says they should proclaim the life change that has occurred.
Baptism recognizes and celebrates the redemptive life change that is continually occurring within our church. Hosanna! encourages new believers and believers who have not yet participated in adult Baptism to be baptized by immersion. Our position is that Baptism by immersion displays the picture of dying to sin and arising to Christ and new life.
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands His followers, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Baptism does not provide salvation for an individual, but is an indicator that the individual wants to be publicly recognized as a follower of Christ. In passages such as Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47–48, the act of Baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. The New Testament records the Baptisms of adult believers only. In Romans 6:1–11, the apostle Paul describes the immersion of Baptism as a means through which the believer identifies with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ: Going under the water represents Christ’s death—and a believer’s death to sin; coming out of the water illustrates His resurrection and the believer’s new life in Christ.
Baptism is an act of obedience to Christ that follows an individual’s acceptance of salvation by God’s grace alone. Baptism isn’t a prerequisite for salvation; however, if an inner commitment to trust Christ alone for salvation has been made, then the outward symbol of that commitment—Baptism—should follow, as is modeled throughout the New Testament in the lives of those choosing to follow Christ.
Hosanna’s Baptism Statement
We baptize believers (Acts 8:26-39) and the children of believers (Acts 16:15, 1 Corinthians 1:16, Joshua 24:15, Luke 18:16). We teach that it is imperative for children who are baptized to come, in the Lord’s time, to a personal saving faith in Christ (Hebrews 10:39, John 3:16, Romans 10:9) for the promises of baptism (Romans 6:3-4, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21) to be effective. We accept the baptisms of those who come to us from other congregations and denominations as valid, provided that they were performed with water in the name of the Trinity (Matthew 28:19). We do not teach that unbaptized children who die are lost for eternity.
For information on baptism of children, please visit the Children’s Baptism page.
Immersion Baptism Registration
Immersion Baptisms are offered five times per year during each service in Lakeville and Shakopee. You can register for one of our 2018 Immersion Baptism dates by clicking here.