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.
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:
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.
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.
Doxology's baptism process: