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Public Profession of Faith

Through Believers Baptism or Confirmation, profess your personal faith publicly so that the entire church fellowship may celebrate God’s saving grace in your life.

Baptism or Confirmation?

College Church lives with the tension of either dedicating or baptizing children of believers. We do not consider this difference in biblical understanding to be an essential of the faith, and therefore, we provide for both practices within our fellowship.

  • For those dedicated as infants, Believers Baptism is the appropriate step to take upon profession of faith
  • For those baptized as infants, Confirmation is the appropriate step to take upon profession of faith

Our attitude in fulfilling the Church’s purpose is summarized in the historic statement, ‘In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.’

Believers Baptism

Believers Baptism is a symbol of a Christian’s union with Jesus and a step of obedience in following him. It was commanded by our Lord and his apostles for those who, through faith and repentance, have become followers of Jesus Christ. The pattern of the New Testament teaching and practice is that believers were immediately baptized upon their conversion.

In adult baptism, believers bear witness using a physical sign to point to an inner spiritual reality. It should be understood that a person is not saved by baptism. Rather, baptism signifies that he or she has already believed in Jesus and is a public profession of their belief and faith. Those who are baptized have also been joined together with others who share a relationship with Jesus and follow him together within the life of the church.

Confirmation

When a child, having been baptized as an infant, comes to saving faith, it is appropriate to acknowledge and celebrate his or her reception of this gracious gift of salvation by presenting the child before the church family.

As the child publicly declares his or her faith, the church, through her leaders, confirms the reality of God’s saving work in the individual and formally welcomes him or her into the redeemed family of God.

Taking the Next Step

Are you ready to affirm your faith through Confirmation or Baptism?

Elementary Students
Read about Baptism in this booklet designed for Kids’ Harbor children.

Read About Baptism

Middle School and High School Students
Join our three-session “Going Public” class with youth group pastors.

Members and Regular Attenders
Meet with one of our pastors or directors to talk about your faith story.

Baptism Confirmation
Infant Baptism and Dedication

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
– Psalm 139:14

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