GO PUBLIC WITH YOUR FAITH
WHY AND HOW TO GO PUBLIC WITH YOUR FAITH
"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”
There’s a few different ways that you can go public with your faith. Through Baptism, by sharing a testimony of what God is doing in your life, or by declaring your intentions to lead your home in light of your faith in Jesus through Child dedication.
After Jesus died on the cross for the sin of the world, was raised to life and just before he ascended to heaven he said “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 28:18-20)
Jesus gave very clear instructions to his disciples to go and make more disciples. A disciple is someone who embraces the teaching of Jesus, including the part about making more disciples. They receive the teaching and then live their lives according to it. They are obedient to it. One of the key signs of being a disciple of Jesus is baptism.
If you are brand new to faith in Jesus, or are a Christian who has not been baptized, you should be baptized! Through it you will be blessed, because there is always blessing in obedience!
Baptism is about going public with your faith in Jesus. It is a way of identifying with Jesus’ death and resurrection. Throughout the New Testament people believed and were immediately baptized. These baptisms were often followed by an encounter with the Holy Spirit.
We regularly offer baptism classes where you can learn more about baptism. Be sure to sign up for the next class.
We love celebrating the kids we have here at Hillcrest and love standing with parents who choose to lead their homes in godly ways. Child dedication is a way to publicly bless your child, welcome the support and prayers of our community of faith, and commit before the Lord to lead your home according to his principles.
Be courageous and take your next step. Go public with your faith.
SALVATION STORIES: TESTIMONIES
If God is working in your life, and you feel like your story would encourage Hillcrest, we encourage you to Go Public with your faith! Tell us your story so we can share with others.
Inspire others by sharing your:
Salvation Story (how you came to know about Jesus and commit yourself to Him)
Prayer Evangelism Story (how God used you to introduce someone else to Jesus)
Testimony Today Story (something that God has recently done in you that has changed everything).