"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Mark 10:14b
Our Rock Kids Baptism class is a pre-requisite for 2nd-5th grade children to be baptized through the Rock. The class is for kids who have accepted Christ as their Savior and desire to be baptized. We will discuss salvation, baptism, and how children can begin to grow in their Christian walk.
Next Class: Sunday, April 8, 2013 from 2pm-4pm in Room 252. Click here to register!
To make the class as beneficial as possible, we require at least one parent/guardian to attend the class with their child.
If you have any questions, please contact Alison Inglese at [email protected].
Click here to see photos from our 1st Rock Kids Baptism
What is baptism?
Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward change. It is a symbol of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. It is also a picture of what God has done to save us on the inside by cleansing us from our sin. Thus, baptism must be under water to show the truth of our being united to Jesus in his death and resurrection.
Who can be baptized?
Since baptism is a picture of the beginning the Christian life, it is only for believers in Jesus Christ. A believer in Jesus Christ is able to give a credible profession of faith in Jesus and shows evidence of that faith in his or her heart and life.
Can baptism save my child?
Baptism does not save anyone. Some have fallen into the lie that baptism is essential for salvation. They think that faith + baptism = eternal life. But this is not what the Bible says. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not as a result of works so that no one can boast." It is clear from this passage of Scripture that faith in Christ is the only things that saves and faith itself is a gift from God.
Baptism is an act of obedience to God. We get baptized to obey God's Word. When Jesus gave the Great Commission to his disciples he said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." This is not an option, it is a command. But, before we get baptized we must be a disciple or follower of Jesus. In Acts 2:38, Peter says, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ." This shows that every person who repents of their sins and believes in Jesus as their Lord and Savior needs to be baptized. Baptism is also the main way we publicly profess our desire to follow the Lord. In baptism we are saying that God has saved me and I am his from head to toe.
At what age should children be baptized?
The Bible does not give us a precise age at which we should baptize children. For that reason we do not have an age requirement. However, the Bible is clear that children must be able to give a credible profession of their faith - one that is genuine and rooted in a Biblical understanding of salvation - in order to be baptized. This does not mean that children should be able to rattle off the "right" answers before they are ready for baptism. It does mean that children should show that they have genuine faith based on a right understanding of God, sin, and salvation through Jesus alone. Likewise, a child must possess a simple understanding of what baptism is and why baptism is important. If your child is an infant/toddler, you may wish to participate in our Child Dedication Classes & Ceremony. Click here for more information about our Child Dedication Classes & Ceremony.
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