The most important decision
we can make in our lives, is the decision to follow Jesus. Baptism is a rich and wonderful expression of this choice. It is the testimony of the believer’s faith in Jesus and commitment to continuing a relationship with Him.
Through baptism we declare that:
“I believe the best possible way to live is the way of Jesus, and I am committed to following Jesus – daily dying to myself and allowing the resurrected Christ to live in and through me.”
Thousand Hills International Church practices baptism by full immersion in water upon a confession of faith in Jesus Christ.
Baptism is a statement that you have made a decision to acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, accepting God’s grace in faith, and that you want to be a follower of Jesus. In faith we can accept this grace and be made righteous. Romans 3:22-25a
Through baptism you declare to the whole world: “I BELONG TO JESUS”.Baptism is a response to the grace that God provided in Jesus and to the call of Jesus to follow Him, and a first step into a completely new life that is sealed by Jesus. Through baptism you declare to everyone; God, yourself, the church, friends & family and the spiritual world: “I belong to Jesus”. Baptism is an act of obedience, we answer Jesus call to be baptised. Jesus himself was baptised and instructed his disciples to baptise.
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 28:19-20Baptism is a sign that we want to live the rest of our lives as disciples of Jesus. Discipleship and discipleship are strongly connected. Baptism is a symbol of our inner transformation. Baptism symbolises how our old life is passed away, and our new life is now reality. We go down into the water, as if we are buried. Leaving our old life behind in the water, we stand up in the new life we receive from God (Romans 6:3-4). Baptism symbolizes that we, with Jesus, are buried and raised again to a new life. Jesus prepared the way for us through his death and resurrection. Baptism is a powerful symbol of how we, through Jesus, have experienced an inner revival. Baptism marks a commitment. Through baptism you are making a life-long commitment to follow Jesus with your whole life. Therefore, it is not a decision to take lightly. We commit our lives to Jesus as his followers as it says in the old hymn:
I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back, no turning back. The cross before me, the world behind me No turning back, no turning back. If no one joins me, still I will follow. No turning back, no turning back.