Becoming a Christian
Becoming a follower of Jesus Christ means that you:
Understand that you have sinned and are in need of God's forgiveness (Rom. 3:23)
Repent of (i.e. turn away from) your sins and ask God to forgive you (Acts 2:38)
Accept that Jesus Christ's death and resurrection is the only adequate payment for your sin debt to God (1 Tim. 2:5)
Submit to Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior (Rom. 10:9-10)
If you are genuinely sincere in seeking God's forgiveness and want to have an intimate relationship with Him, pray the following prayer:
Dear Lord, I thank you for loving me and sending your son to die in my place. I know that I am a sinner and have fallen short of your expectations. I know that there is no way that I can save myself. I accept your gift of forgiveness through the death and resurrection of your son, Jesus Christ. I ask that you forgive me of my sins. I ask that you become my personal Lord and Savior, Amen.
Baptism is a public symbol of an internal transformation. It is performed in obedience to the command of Christ (Mat. 28:19). It does not impart saving grace but is a testimony that a person has already trusted Christ as their Savior. Baptism symbolizes spiritual rebirth, dying to one's self and beginning a new life with Christ.
Any person may present himself as a candidate for membership at here at Highland Park. Candidates are presented to the church for membership at any regular worship service in any of the following ways:
Membership by Profession of Faith: The membership of this church shall be composed of persons who have given evidence of regeneration, who have been baptized by immersion, who have subscribed to the covenant and constitution of this church, and who have been received by vote of the church.
Membership by Letter: A member of another Baptist Church of like faith and order may be received by vote of the church upon a letter of dismission from that church.
Membership by Statement: Anyone who has once been a member of a Baptist Church, and in consequence of peculiar circumstances has no regular letter of dismission, may be received into our fellowship upon a statement satisfactory to the church.
A candidate for membership by any of the above modes will come as candidate for baptism or state that they have been previously baptized through immersion of a person in water in the name of the triune God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and as an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in the newness of life in Christ Jesus.