Commonly Asked Questions
Just acknowledge the fact that you are a sinner in need of Savior.(Rom. 3:23) The Savior is Jesus Christ, God's only son. Secondly, repent from these sins and turn back to God. (Acts 3:19) Thirdly, ask God in faith to forgive you of your sins and to come into your heart and save you, believing that Jesus Christ came and died for your sins and then rose again having power over sin and death. (Rom 10:9,10) God is always ready to receive you into his family. (II Peter 3:9, John 1:12)
The Bible says in Romans 8:38,39 that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Christ offering on the cross was the final payment for sin and nothing else is needed. (Hebrews 10:10-14) By accepting this payment we have eternal salvation. We can know we have this salvation as we live this life. (I John 5:11-13) Jesus taught in John 10:27-30 that his sheep, or believers, can never perish or be taken out of His hand and God's Hand. Once we have accepted Christ as Savior, nothing can cause us to loose that salvation.
Baptism is the first step in obedience to God, that comes after salvation or regeneration. (John 4:1, Acts 8:36,37; 18:8) To be Biblically baptized, you must first have received Christ as Savior. Secondly, you must have been properly baptized. Baptism according to the Bible requires that it be performed by total immersion in water. (Matt 3:6; 3:16, John 3:16, Act 8:38,39, Col. 2:12) This is a symbol of death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, not a means of grace. Third, baptism must be administered by the proper authority. (John 3:26,27) According to scriptures, the proper authority resides in the local New Testament Church. The need for re-baptism only comes if you were baptized before accepting Christ as Savior, you were baptized in an unscriptural way, or you were not baptized by the proper authority. An examination of the Bible is important to understand this doctrine.
Every disciple of Christ should be baptized and added to a local, New Testament Church. (Acts 2:41) If a Christian understands this, he will be baptized and then become an active member in the local church. (Eph. 4:11,12) Prayerfully consider which church where God would have you to become an active member. (Heb. 10:24,25)
Highland Baptist Church is a Fellowship of believers joined in a common bond - the Love of Christ. There is no doubt that God's mighty hand has been on this assembly for many years. This assembly loves to meet and fellowship with new guests. If you would like to consider this church, then please first pray, seek the Lords will in this decision and follow his guidance.
How to Become a Member of Highland Baptist
If you will receive Jesus Christ as Savior and then obey His Command of Baptism we will gladly receive you.
If you are saved and baptized believer from a Church of like faith, we will gladly receive you by letter from that church. We will also take care of the details of this letter.
If you are a saved, baptized member of a church of like faith and the records of that church are unavailable, we will receive you on your statement of these conditions.
If you are a member of a church that does not hold to baptist doctrine and you are saved, we will receive you by being baptized to bear witness to your acceptance of Baptist doctrine.