Including Discovery Kids
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. It's the next step after salvation. Being baptised shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34).
Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about.
Why does baptism matter? Jesus instructs us to be baptised and set the example by being baptised (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9).
Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptised shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).
For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptised (Acts 8:12).
As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).
Any baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). At Milton Keynes Christian Centre, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.
Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptised by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10).
Submersion in the water symbolises the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being submerged underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of being raised to life in Christ us and being given a fresh start in life (Romans 6:3-5).
If you haven’t been baptised by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take your next step of being baptised. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptised again.
God never asks us to take a next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He says.
Taken from NewSpring Church - "6 Common Questions About Baptism"
Last modified by Amy Fokkens on 07/03/2018
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