You would probably expect that a Baptist church would have a position on the subject of believers’ baptism, right?

Yes we do, and if we can facilitate such a step in your spiritual journey we would love to do so. But be assured that we don’t ever put people under pressure. Being baptised is first and foremost a response of personal commitment to Jesus Christ, and that is something a person comes to in their own time.

While many different Christian traditions employ the term “baptism” and practice it in a variety of modes, our practice is to simply follow the example we read in the New Testament. Baptisms is principally a rite of the church that welcomes people into community who have made a clear decision to follow Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour. This decision, we believe, is something a perBaptism coverson can only really make for themself, which is why our practice is typically for believers over the age of 12.

For us, baptism occurs in a pool of water (or equivalent) and signifies in dramatic form the spiritual death and resurrection that a person goes through in becoming a committed follower of Jesus (Romans 6:1-4).

There’s a lot more to believers’ baptism than there’s space for here, but we would love the chance to talk about it with you. Feel free to contact one of the pastors and we will set up a time to discuss it further.

Contact the Church Office (E: reception@hcbc.co.nz; Ph: 07-838 0375 ext. 200) and request a free copy of a small book that explains the concept of baptism further.