Full-immersion baptisms are offered quarterly in the Hope WDM Worship Center. For more information, please contact [email protected].
Baptism Classes at Hope Ankeny
Hope holds monthly classes in Ankeny and West Des Moines to explain why being baptized is important and how you and/or your children can be baptized. Membership of the church is not required. Baptism classes are held the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm at Hope West Des Moines and the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm on Zoom through Hope Ankeny.
Frequently Asked Questions
At the end of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus gave this commission to his followers:
“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
Baptism, then, is an obedient response to Jesus’ commission.
The apostle Paul, one of the leaders of the early church, wrote this about baptism to the Colossian and Roman churches:
“You were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.” Colossians 2:12
The Bible teaches that because of humanity’s rebellion against God, we live a life that is characterized by broken behavior, broken lives, suffering and, ultimately, death. This is what the Bible calls “sin.” Worse still, we are captive to sin and are unable to free ourselves from it.
But because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, God has set us free by forgiving our sin; reconciling us to himself; and setting us on the path of restoration, healing and eternal life. Through baptism, in a miraculous way, we are joined to Jesus and all these amazing promises.
This is what the apostle Peter meant when he wrote, “baptism now saves you.” (1 Peter 3:21-22). In that baptism, we encounter Jesus, the one who saves us from death and our own self-destruction and gives us an eternal life and forever friendship with him.
But baptism isn’t just about us! In baptism, God’s Spirit makes his home in us and over time transforms us with his love, so that he can reach out through us and touch others with the same love we’ve experienced. This is a major part of what we call the discipleship journey.
At Hope West Des Moines, we baptize every week after our 11:00 am Sunday Celebration Service and every second and fourth Sundays at our 9:00 am Sunday Traditional Service and our 5:00 pm Sunday Celebration Service.
Our baptism services contain a brief instruction on baptism; an affirmation of faith by the entire congregation; commitment questions to those being baptized (if adults), their parents and their sponsors; prayer for those being baptized; and the act of baptism itself.
To begin the process for anyone being baptized, please attend an upcoming Baptism Class. Hope West Des Moines offers this class on the first Tuesday of every month. After you register and complete the class, you will be able to schedule a baptism.
No, you don’t have to be a member of Hope to be baptized or have your child baptized. Anyone who trusts in Jesus as Lord and Savior is welcome to be baptized or have their child baptized.
Whatever you feel would make the day special for you. If you are having your child baptized, any head covering will need to be removable. If you are being baptized by immersion, a T-shirt and shorts are recommended.
Schedule a Baptism
To schedule a baptism at Hope Ankeny or have questions, email [email protected] or call the office at 515-964-5586.