What if my child wants to be baptized?Thanks for considering water baptism for your child. Every child can have a relationship with Jesus. At Fly Kids that's what we are all about, helping your child have a authentic relationship with Jesus. We ask that parents wait until heir child is asking to be water baptized.
Typically when children reach the age of 8 or 9 they begin to have the ability to understand abstract concepts of water baptism like spiritual death, burial and resurrection. But each baptism is determined on a case by case basis. Each child being baptized needs to have a solid understand of the symbolism and meaning of water baptism.
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Water Baptism Questions
1. When did you decide to follow Jesus and become Christian?Your child should have a specific memory of when he or she understood what Jesus did, and that he or she needs Jesus in their life. It may have been at church, at home, or even when they were alone.
2. What does it mean to be water baptized?I am following Jesus, and I want everyone to know! It is a symbol of what Jesus has done on the inside of me.
3. Why do you want to be water baptized?Because Jesus was baptized and he tells us to be baptized too. Because I want to follow Him. Because I am a Christian.
WATER BAPTISM DEVOTIONAL
Part 1: Obeying Jesus' Command“So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.” Matthew 28:19-20 NIRV
Water baptism is one of the first steps you take in following Jesus. A Christian doesn't just learn about Jesus. We model our life like Jesus. The number one reason you should get baptized in water is because Jesus tells you to be baptized. When you were reborn by having faith in Jesus, you were brought into God’s family. That means you have decided to do what Jesus says and follow His example. Jesus was baptized in water Himself, and He set the example for all Christians to follow.
Take time right now to read about Jesus’ baptism in your Bible in Matthew 3:13-17.
Question: What is the number one reason you should be baptized in water?
Part 2: An Outward Picture“When you were baptized, you were buried together with Jesus, and you were raised to life together with him.” Colossians 2:12 NIRV
Water baptism is an outward picture of what Jesus has done for you on the inside. Jesus died for your sins, was buried, and then was raised from the dead to life! When you were reborn by having faith in Jesus, there was a death, a burial, and a raising to life that happened in your spirit. (John 3) This is why you go all the way under the water when you are baptized. You are showing people that your old spirit and all your sins are buried with Jesus. When you come up out of the water, you are saying that Jesus has given you new life inside, that you have been born again. Everyone can see the picture of the change that has taken place on the inside of you.
Question: Water baptism is a picture of what?
Part 3: A Decision of Faith“By being baptized, we were buried with Jesus into his death. Christ has been raised from the dead by the Father’s glory. And like Jesus we also can live a new life.” Romans 6:4 NIRV
Water baptism does not save or make you born again. It has no purpose or meaning until after a person has decided to follow Jesus and has invited Him to be the leader of their life. However, water baptism is a very important step in following Jesus. When you decided to follow Jesus, you made a decision of faith to receive Him into your life. When you are baptized in water, you are making a decision of faith to follow Him for your whole life. You are choosing to let Jesus be in charge of your new life. Your water baptism will always be a reminder of your decision to follow Jesus.