At Jamestown Harbor Church, we baptize adults who want to commit their lives to Jesus Christ, and infants of families who commit to raising their children in a Christian environment.
Check out the drop-down menus for more information and contact us, if you are interested in baptism.
We believe that Baptism is a sign of God’s deep and saving love for us. The New Testament – not being an individualistic culture – did not distinguish between adult and infant baptism because when the head of a household became a believer, so did his whole family. One in more contemporary Christianity has “believer baptism” been more clearly clarified and defined. Baptism, then, is for adults and infants. Although the two types of baptism share some things in common, including the name “baptism”, they also have different meanings. Jesus’ close follower, Peter, said this in Acts 2:38-39: Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call. We believe that the promise is for infants and believers, but that these two types of baptism have important distinctions.
In the Old Testament covenant that God makes with Abraham, He promises to be God to Abraham, to his children, and to all who come after him. We practice the sacrament of infant baptism, in part, to recognize that God is still faithful in those promises to love us before we even have the capacity or desire to try and deserve or earn that love.
We also celebrate infant baptism because parents or guardians and the church make a commitment to raise a child to come to know their God and His son Jesus Christ. We trust that the child will one day make a faith commitment themselves through a profession of their faith as adult believers.
Children are not saved through baptism. Instead, we remember and signify the promises of God, the promises of parents and the church community, and commit together to help this child come to a knowledge of and faith in Jesus Christ as savior and Lord.
The great Christian missionary Paul says this in Romans 10:9, If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised [Jesus] from the dead, you will be saved. Believer baptism in the early church was a sign and seal of this profession of faith in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Baptism itself does not save a person. Paul says it this way in Ephesians 2:8-9, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. But baptism provides a moment in time where we mark the commitment you have made to trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Adult/believer baptism is available in worship throughout the year, and during the summer we celebrate together with our other congregations in a special One Church Baptism event. Infant baptisms are scheduled throughout the year in our individual campuses. For more information, please email JHinfo@harborchurches.org.
Here is a video from our August 12, 2018 One Church Baptism event at Camp Geneva.