This weekend we will be hosting what we call a “Family Life Service”. These services provide some of the most captivating moments for our church family. Together we get to see and hear about what God has done in the lives of men, women, and children who are taking the next step in their faith journey by getting baptized.
We are excited to have our K-4 kids as a part of this weekend’s Family Life service. This service may be a time that sparks some curiosity about baptism for your kids. Because of kids’ curiosity, baptism may bring out some questions and a pretty amazing opportunity to have a faith conversation with your child. If your child asks questions about baptism and you are unsure of how to respond, the thoughts below could be a resource to help you lead a conversation about baptism as an act of obedience for those who have received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
- Baptism tells a story of being rescued from sin by Jesus by believing (faith) that He lived, died, and was resurrected.
- Baptism does not save you. Putting your faith in Jesus alone saves you. Baptism is a picture, symbol, and public profession of what God has already done in the heart of someone who has put their faith in Jesus.
- When someone is baptized, we encourage them to share their story so that others who are listening might hear about God’s grace, celebrate what God has done, and to worship together.
On Sunday, your child will see someone share their story, get into the water, go under the water, and come back up again (make sure to cheer loud when this happens!).
- When a person stands in the water before being baptized, it represents their life before trusting Jesus. They were alive to sin.
- When a person goes completely under the water, it represents the fact that they died to sin to put their faith in Jesus
- When a person comes up out of the water and is completely wet, it represents the new life they have because of Jesus. They have been washed clean from sin – not because their bodies are wet, but because they have been forgiven by God through Jesus’ sacrifice (death and resurrection).
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If you have had this conversation with your kids before, what advice would you give to others from your experience?