Tough Questions; Part 4: What is Baptism?

Do your kids ask tough questions that you just cannot answer? Mine do! Pastor John and I are addressing several tough questions with answers from The Bible and Truth For Kids.

Question:  What is baptism?

The act of baptism is symbolic of salvation by faith; that is, dying to the old self and rising to the newness of the life we have in Christ. (Truth for Kids) 

When you are baptized you go under the water to symbolize that your spirit has been buried with Christ and raised from the dead – to a new life in Jesus.

Colossians 2:12 Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

Question:  Was Jesus baptized?

Matthew 3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

Question: How do I know if I’m ready to be baptized?

Young children who have been taught from the Bible find it easy to believe in Jesus, in miracles and in the supernatural. However, a consciousness of the sinful nature, and consequently their need to be saved, develops only as children become older.

Once they have asked Jesus to forgive them and make them new, they will more easily understand the significance of Baptism. (Truth for Kids)

Question:  Am I old enough to be baptized?

There is no particular age for baptism but rather an understanding of sin and salvation.  Anyone who asks Jesus to forgive their sins and declares Jesus as Lord, will be saved. (See last week’s blogpost, Tough Questions: What is Salvation?)

When baptism is turned down on the basis of age, the child may feel that he cannot be trusted to make this important decision for himself. He gets the message that he is too young and may put off making the decision indefinitely. (Truth for Kids)

Matthew 18:3 Jesus said: I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

For those who have grown in their faith from an early age, baptism may help to define a turning point in their lives—a stake in the ground to follow the Lord. (Truth for Kids)

Question: What do I do next?

Pray.  Ask God to search your heart.  Ask yourself, “Why do I want to be baptized?” Then, email me Kori@sonlightcommunity.com  or contact SonLight .

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