Baptism can be confusing to kids. They hear adults talk about it and see it happen at church, but rarely does anyone take the time to stop and explain baptism to a child in a way that they can understand. Until now! Below, you will find five questions that kids might ask you about baptism and a simple answer to each question. Enjoy!
How does baptism work? When you get baptized, you begin in water. An adult helps lower you into the water then raises you back up. When you go into the water, this represents the death and burial of your old sinful life and is a reminder that Jesus died and was buried to forgive sins. When you come out of the water, this represents your new life and reminds us that Jesus was raised from the dead, also!
What is the point of baptism? Baptism is simply a public declaration or announcement, telling everyone who can see or hear you a simple message: that you believe in Jesus and have committed to living your life in a way that pleases God.
For nearly all of history, people spent a lot of time near water. They fished in the lakes, gathered water from the ponds, and did their laundry in the rivers. Christians would be baptized in a public place such as a lake, pond, or river to let everyone in town know that they lived for Jesus.
When I get baptized, what does it mean? When you get baptized, it is a public declaration, telling everyone who can see or hear you a simple message: that you believe in Jesus and have committed to living your life in a way that pleases God.
Do you have to be baptized to be a Christian? Baptism is not necessary to be a Christian; instead it is a way to tell others that you are a Christian. By doing so, you are being obedient to Christ’s command to tell others about your faith.
How old must I be to get baptized? There is no specific age that someone has to be to get baptized. Instead, when you have decided that you believe in Jesus and have committed to living your life in a way that pleases God, we want to give you the opportunity to tell everyone that can see you hear!
Join us for the annual Baptism at the Deschutes, July 7th. We will gather as a church at 5:00pm for a potluck and our 7th Annual Baptism at the Deschutes River! Throw your lawn chairs and blankets in the back of your car and we’ll have a great evening of food and games at Farewell Bend Park, followed by baptisms down at the Bill Healey Bridge. If your child would like to be baptized, simply fill out the form below and we will be in contact with you shortly!