BAPTISM

Having faith in Jesus includes declaring it publicly, and baptism is a means of sharing that faith with your church and loved ones! As an instruction from Jesus, and a chance to grow closer to a bigger family, baptism has brought relief, joy, belonging, and freedom to so many—what will your baptism story be?

Next Scheduled Baptism: August 16

We’ll be hosting baptism on campus, during our August 16 worship service! We’ll be taking extra precautions to ensure your safety as well as the safety of our teams to make this experience the best it can be.

New for August 2020: our new Baptism Class for kids, students, and adults! During this class you will learn the spiritual basis for baptism at IHC, and what it means for your personal faith. We highly recommend taking the class before getting baptized on August 16, but you can also come just to get more info.

Baptism: Sun, Aug 16 at 7pm
Baptism Class: Choose either Sun, Aug 2 at 1pm or Tues, Aug 4 at 7pm

Next Scheduled Baptism October 8

Special precautions due to COVID-19:

Our Aug. 16th baptism will be held outdoors, in a tub of chlorinated (pool-like) water, toward the end of our 7pm worship gathering. Attendees will be required to wear face masks and maintain safe distancing throughout the celebration. Our pastors will read and celebrate the testimony of each person being baptized, but pastors will not be in the water for this service. For the safety of everyone involved, each person being baptized will identify a Christian family member or friend who will be in the water with them to baptize them, and members of their immediate household may also exchange hugs, etc. after the baptism. People being baptized are typically submerged backwards under the water, but alternative options are possible as-needed. Although anyone may be susceptible to COVID-19, people over the age of 65 and those with underlying medical conditions are strongly advised to take additional precautions.

Baptism FAQs

Water baptism is an external symbol for an internal reality—the washing and renewal that happens when you ask Jesus to be your leader and forgiver. (See Titus 3:5.) It is also symbolic of your union by faith with Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism represents your own death to sin and resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ. (See Colossians 2:12-13 and Romans 6:3-5.) In addition to being symbolic, baptism is a public confession of your new relationship with Jesus and is a visible sign of obedience to Christ. Baptism tells everyone that you have accepted God’s gift of grace and that you now identify yourself as part of His family. (See Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12, and Acts 8:35-38.)

Baptism is not a requirement to become a Christ-follower, but every person who has made Jesus their leader and forgiver will want to be obedient to what Jesus has commanded. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commands that those who choose to follow Him be baptized, and in 1 John 2:3, we read that a key identifier of a true Christ-follower is being obedient to what Jesus commands. If you have asked Jesus to be the leader of your life, then you should follow His command and be baptized. For this reason, we encourage anyone who wants to become a member of IHC to be baptized once they have put their trust in Jesus.

The Greek word in the Bible that we translate “baptize” actually means “to immerse” or “to dip under water.” At IHC, we baptize by immersion, usually in a pool at someone’s home. Baptizing by immersion follows Jesus’ example and every other example we have from the New Testament. (See Matthew 3:16 and Acts 8:38-39.)

No. You won’t have to say anything at all when you’re baptized. If you like, you can tell us what family and friends are with you at the baptism, but that’s up to you. At the beginning of the baptism service, a pastor will briefly explain the meaning of baptism. You will wait at the edge of the pool with everyone else for your turn to be baptized. One of our pastors will introduce you, briefly lower you just under the water, and then you will leave the pool, dry off, and watch with the others.

Our church recommends that you be baptized again if you have not been baptized by immersion since you became a Christ-follower. Being baptized a second time doesn’t devalue your prior experience but simply reflects your desire to be baptized in the same way Jesus was baptized.

Because the decision to follow Jesus requires a mental understanding of the challenging biblical concepts of sin, grace, and redemption as well as personal decision of the will, we do not baptize infants or young children. Instead, we offer a special Child Dedication and Parent Commitment Service for parents who would like to acknowledge publicly that their child is a blessing from God.