Baptism

Kickstarter

Baptism in the Christian faith began with John the Baptist, as he pointed the people in his day to the Messiah, Jesus. Jesus asked John to baptize him as a way to identify himself with John’s teaching and those who would follow him. The disciples continued the practice of baptism as a part of Jesus’ ministry. After the resurrection of Jesus, his command to his followers was to ‘go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19-20) Later, the early church baptized new believers as a sign of repentance and placing their faith in Christ.

The public act of baptism symbolizes a death of our unbelieving life and the beginning of a new life as a person who has put their trust in Jesus. Baptism is a picture of the new believer's salvation experience and is not to be confused as an element required for salvation.

Baptism in the Christian faith began with John the Baptist, as he pointed the people in his day to the Messiah, Jesus. Jesus asked John to baptize him as a way to identify himself with John’s teaching and those who would follow him. The disciples continued the practice of baptism as a part of Jesus’ ministry. After the resurrection of Jesus, his command to his followers was to ‘go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19-20) Later, the early church baptized new believers as a sign of repentance and placing their faith in Christ.

The public act of baptism symbolizes a death of our unbelieving life and the beginning of a new life as a person who has put their trust in Jesus. Baptism is a picture of the new believer's salvation experience and is not to be confused as an element required for salvation.

Parent Guide

Experience #1: Is my child ready for baptism?

Following Christ is the most important decision you will ever make, so the public expression of this decision should be a moment of great celebration! Here are some things to consider as you move toward the act of baptism:

  • Talk to your child about their decision to place their faith in Christ. Review the Gospel with your child and ensure all their questions have been answered. (For more information, refer to the Milestone on Salvation.)
  • Discuss this next step in your child’s journey of faith. Be ready to answer any questions your child may have. If your child has not been present for a baptism, check online, watch together, and talk through the process of baptism. Let them know you are proud of their decision to take this step of obedience.

Feel free to refer to the resource page of this milestone which contains frequently asked questions about baptism as well as the baptism process for Doxology Church.

Experience #2: How can we celebrate baptism as a family?

The act of baptism is a way to tell the world this good news in your life. With this in mind, invite friends and family to the baptism service. Talk with your child about people in their life who may need to hear this good news. Baptism is an opportunity to share their faith story and let others experience what God has done in their life. This lets your child know it’s a marker in their spiritual life.

Make this day a huge celebration for your child and family! Throw a party after the service; go to lunch together, do something that will designate this time as a day to remember for your child. Celebrate at least as much as you would for a birthday or a Super Bowl party! Have them write in their Bible the date of their decision to trust Christ (If they have not already), and the date of their baptism.

Resources

Frequently asked questions:

  • Can infants be baptized? Baptism is a public picture that one has placed his trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  A believer should be able to give a credible profession of their faith in Jesus and show evidence of that faith in their life.  Because infants are not developmentally capable of faith or repentance, parents will want their child to have the understanding and assurance of their salvation before moving forward in this step of obedience.
  • Is there an age requirement to be baptized? The Bible does not give us a precise age at which we should baptize children.  However, the Bible is clear that all believers, including children, should be able to give a profession that is genuine and founded in a biblical comprehension of salvation before being baptized.  This should be based on a right understanding of God, sin, and salvation through Jesus alone.  A child should also have a simple understanding of what baptism is and why it is important.
  • Why do we baptize by immersion?   Do I have to go under the water during the baptism? Baptism is an outward picture of an inward change.  It is a symbol of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  As we go under the water, it pictures Christ’s death on the cross and burial in a tomb. Then, as we come back up out of the water, it pictures Christ’s resurrection from the dead. It is a reminder of what Christ has done to cleanse us on the inside from our sin. Jesus himself was baptized by immersion as an example to us.
  • Does my baptism have to be at the church? Baptism does not have to take place within the church building.  However, as your church family, we would love to stand with you as you publicly declare you have made the decision to place your faith in Jesus. Family, friends and community groups all join to help celebrate this decision in a big way and to covenant with you in encouraging you on your spiritual journey.
  • Does baptism save me? Baptism does not save anyone.  Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works so that no one can boast.”  Faith in Christ is the only thing that saves and faith itself is a gift from God.

Doxology's baptism process:

  • Once you notify the church that you are interested in being baptized, a staff member will contact you to set up an interview to discuss your decision to trust Christ.  This will give you a chance to ask any questions you may have about your decision.
  • After your interview, the staff member will set up a time for you to make a video.  This is a chance for you to tell your story!
  • Doxology likes to honor the people that have been an influential role in your spiritual life, so you can choose the person you would like to baptize you!  This could be a family member, teacher, or friend.
  • You will be given some paperwork that confirms your baptism date and time, gives you all the information you need and includes a reminder on where to meet on the morning of your baptism.  You will be given a “Going Public” t-shirt to wear for your baptism.
  • Invite friends and family to help you celebrate!

Downloadable Content:

Baptism Milestone PDF