The choice to be baptised is a significant spiritual turning point for a believer in Jesus Christ. When a follower of Jesus makes a decision to be baptised, they are deciding to publicly declare their faith by being fully immersed in water. This is a symbolic act that identifies with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection.
“For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” – Romans 6:4
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you have just made a Fresh Start with God and accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour of your life, then you should be baptized. If you were baptized as a child before you understood what you were doing, or if you just rededicated your life to the Lord, then you should consider being baptized again.
We should be water baptized because Jesus was baptized and He is our example and because He commanded us to be baptized.
Mark 1:9 – At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
Matthew 28:19 – 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.
Water baptism was the first thing believers did in the early church after they believed in and confessed Jesus as Lord of their life.
Acts 8:35-38 – Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
It’s an act of obedience and an outward symbol that represents what Jesus has done in us and for us. It doesn’t bring us into a relationship with Christ, only faith does that.
Colossians 2:12 – For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ.
Water Baptism represents 3 things:
1. Death – Specifically Jesus’ death. Christ died on the cross for you. Revelation 1:5 says His blood washes away our sins. Romans 6 says that we died to sin and no longer live in it. Our old nature was crucified with Him. The water is a symbol of washing away the old person.
2. Burial – Going under the water represents His burial. Christ was buried and was in the tomb for 3 days. Our old nature and sin habits are buried with Him.
3. Resurrection – When you come out of the water. We are raised with Him and now live a new life in Christ.
We go under water because Jesus did. The word baptism is Baptizo in Greek which means to immerse or submerge.
Matthew 3:16 – As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water.
As Phillip says in Acts 8:37, the only requirement for water baptism is faith in Jesus Christ. Believing that He is the son of God and through his death, burial and resurrection, anyone can receive eternal life. Without such faith, water baptism just becomes a meaningless ritual.
Only the blood of Jesus washes away our sin.
Ephesians 1:7 – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
It could be considered a gesture of dedication but faith and repentance are both necessary ingredients as indicated in Acts 8:37.
No, Jesus both commanded and modeled water baptism in the Bible.
We advise parents to wait until their child is asking to be water baptized. This is usually a good indication that they are ready to be baptized and it will be a spiritual milestone in their life. While younger children under the age of 5 can have a relationship with Jesus, they will not necessarily remember or understand the significance of the event, so we encourage parents to wait until they are a little older.
We have provided an informational resource for discerning whether your child is ready to be baptized or not as well as a devotional to talk through with them before they take this important step.
If your child has accepted Jesus as their savior, and is interested in baptism, we’d love for them to sign up for Baptism Weekend. Romans 6:3-4 says that when we go under the water during baptism, we identify with Christ who went into the grave, and when we come out of the water, we identify with His coming back to life! Baptism represents what has already happened inside of us. Our old life as a sinner is gone and we rise in our new identity in Christ. Baptism is an outward expression of our inward decision for Christ! To ensure that baptism is a meaningful declaration of faith by your child we’ve put a few questions for you to walk through with them:
As you discern if your child is ready to be water baptized, here are some questions to ask them. After each question you will see some sample answers that indicate your child understands.
Jesus is God’s one and only son. He lived his whole life on earth, just like us.
Jesus died on the cross but came back to life. Because He did, we can spend forever in heaven one day.
Find out if your child has a memory of when they understood what Jesus did for them and that they needed Jesus in their life. It may have been at church, at home or even sometime when they were alone.
It’s when we follow Jesus’ example of being submerged in water in front of others.
Jesus was baptized and he tells us to. It shows others what Jesus has done on the inside of us.
If your child is easily able to answer these questions they are probably ready to be baptized. Pray a prayer of thanksgiving over your child!
Thank God for their decision to accept Him and be baptized. If you don’t feel your child understands what it means to be baptized just yet, it’s totally appropriate to wait. During this time, feel free to let your child observe baptism and talk to them about what it means.