We are so excited that you are considering baptism for your child. Every child can have a personal relationship with Jesus. At Bridgeway, we encourage and give opportunities for children to make a decision to follow Jesus. Our children are encouraged to not just learn about Jesus, but learn from Jesus by walking with Him every day.
We advise parents to wait until their child is asking to be water baptized. This is usually a good indication that they are ready to be baptized and it will be a spiritual milestone in their life.
As you discern if your child is ready to be water baptized, here are some questions to ask your child:
Why do you want to be water baptized?
Answers that indicate your child understands: Because Jesus was baptized and he tells us to also; Because I’m a friend of Jesus and I want to follow Him; Jesus dies for my sins on the cross and I want to obey Him.
What does it mean to be water baptized?
Answers that indicate your child understands: It means I’m following Jesus; It means I’m a Christian and I want to show the world; It’s a picture of what Jesus has done on the inside of me.
When did you decide to follow Jesus and become His forever friend?
Answers that indicate your child understands: Your child should have a specific memory of when he understood what Jesus did for him on the cross and that he needs Jesus in his life. It may have been at church, at home, or even sometime when he / she was alone.
If you feel that your child is ready…
If you feel your child understands what it means to be water baptized, then go through this devotional explaining more about water baptism.
If you feel that your child is not ready…
If you don’t feel your child understands what it means to be water baptized, it’s totally appropriate to wait. Remember, water baptism does not save – salvation comes by your child trusting Jesus. During this time, let your child observe water baptism and talk to them about what it means. Go through this devotional with your child and spur them on in their personal relationship (friendship) with Jesus.
If you have any questions, or would like to talk to someone about the process, please call Andy Edwards, at (405) 607-0679 or e-mail him.