Baptism… Identifying yourself as a Believer
* God forgives our sins through our faith in Christ’s death for us. Baptism does not wash sins away. “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is a free gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8 & 9
* Water baptism is a picture. Jesus knew that physical pictures would help us understand and remember spiritual truths & experiences. We call these symbols Ordinances. An ordinance is a physical act that represents a spiritual truth. Baptism is an ordinance. It is a picture of a believer who is dying (under the water) to his old life and rising (coming up out of the water) to a new life with Christ (see Romans 6:3-4) . We are to identify with Christ’s death & resurrection through the obedient act of baptism. Baptism is meant to show the world that we are now a part of God’s family and we trust Jesus as our Lord & Savior. (Communion is also an ordinance)
*Let’s understand what Jesus says about the importance of baptism. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus tells us to “Therefore go & make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father & of the Son & of the Holy Spirit.”
*Baptism identifies you as a Believer in Christ. In Matthew 10:32, Jesus said, “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.”
How old does my child have to be to be baptized? There is not a set age that someone must be to be baptized. This is something between your child & God, not “this is the age I was baptized, so it will be the age my child gets baptized”. The most important thing is that your child has asked Christ to be their forever Savior. They should understand the message of salvation: That we were separated from God, the Sovereign Creator of all, holy, loving & true. We were separated because of sin (anything that we do, think or say that displeases God. i.e. lying, bad attitudes, stealing). Holiness (God’s very nature of Who He is) cannot associate with sin. BUT, God provided an answer to the sin problem: He sent His perfect One & Only Son Jesus to take our punishment for sin (“The wages of sin is death” Romans 3:23). He died on the cross, rose again & now lives in heaven. God has given this free gift of eternal life to anyone who would like to receive what Christ did at the cross for them. If your child has prayed to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior and is ready to take the next step in their walk with Jesus, we have a 2-part class on baptism that was designed especially for kids up through 5th grade.
A booklet is given to each child & gone through during the class, making sure that each child understands what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ & what Christ says about being baptized.
NEXT BAPTISM CLASSES:
Sunday February 4, 2018
Sunday February 11, 2018
10:45 am -12:00 noon (i.e. 2nd Service – “Omega”)
led by Mrs. Tina Krieger
Sign up in the Kids Lobby beginning mid-January 2018
or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Children’s Ministries (562) 296-6487.
Deadline for sign-ups will be Wednesday, January 31
ALL-CHURCH BAPTISM – SUNDAY, February 18 at 2:00 PM*
*Maps will be available at the
Church Information Desk on the day of the baptism.