During this year's Hills Alive, we are offering the opportunity to be water baptized. We believe this is a significant step in the life of a follower of Christ.
To help you understand the significance of Baptism, here is some information according our interpretation from the Bible.
Baptism translates from baptisma, meaning in the act of baptism, namely, a symbol of what Jesus did to save us - death, burial, and resurrection - and what He does in the believer - death to the old life, it’s burial, and resurrection to a new life in Christ.
The person being baptized portrays that even though Jesus knew no sin, He took sin's penalty in His own body and died in place of the believer. Jesus was then raised from death the same way the believer receives his new life-by the power of the Holy Spirit. Now he is a new man, raised up to live a life of overcoming sin by the power of the Spirit (Romans 6:10)!
If you have made the decision to accept Jesus as your personal Savior but have not been water baptized, we encourage you to consider engaging in this powerful testimony of your faith, either here at Hills Alive, or in the future. As you declare outwardly your identification with Jesus' death, burial and resurrection, this symbol will also be a significant reminder to you of what's happened in your life, strengthening you in your Christian journey! If you decide to participate in Baptism at Hills Alive, please gather at the boat launch area behind the Main Stage at 12:30 Sunday afternoon. If you have any questions prior to that time, please see the prayer tent.
We want to be clear that getting baptized is very significant, however, getting baptized at Hills Alive does not make it any more significant. It is simply being made available to people who have accepted Jesus as their Savior, but have not been baptized and have the desire to do so. The people assisting in the Baptism are lay-leaders from various churches. They are not there to promote a denomination, only to help you fulfill your desire as a believer in Jesus Christ to be baptized.