At BACC, we look at baptism as an introduction… a going public… a time to get off that bench and play on the field! If you are a follower of Jesus, then you’re in the family of God and you’re already on the team. Baptism is a way of going onto the field of life and expressing God’s love throughout everyday life. We want to celebrate all that God has done in your life, as well as provide the means to publicly express to others that God is great and worthy of our praise and service.
The Bible says that everyone who has trusted Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins and the leadership of their life should be baptized (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38-41). Baptism is an outward action that symbolizes an inward commitment of obedience to Christ and identity with Him.
The method of baptism most consistent with biblical examples is immersion in water (Matthew 3:16, John 3:23, Acts 8:38-39). The word “baptize” (baptizo) means to “dip under water.”
How old is old enough?
Scripture is very clear that baptism is to be a visible expression to your realm of influence of a personal faith in Christ. Ask yourself these questions about your child considering baptism:
- Is there a growing, personal, observable relationship with Jesus? Are they able to clearly communicate their God journey?
- Do they have a sphere of influence in the world? Do they have friends they interact with in the neighborhood? Are they on any teams or in any community clubs? Are they going to parties and sleepovers at friends’ homes? Do they have anyone to invite to the baptism event outside of their immediate family and church family?
- Do they have a personal desire to express their faith to their sphere of influence – sports teams, classmates, neighborhood kids?
The answer is “Yes, they are old enough,” when they desire to communicate their personal faith to their sphere of influence. The answer is “No, it might be wise for them to wait,” if they cannot yet clearly communicate their faith, do not have a desire to, or if, at this point in their life, they do not yet possess a personal sphere of influence.
Baptism should be:
- Understood and memorable – not just a formality or party
- Kid initiated – not for parental comfort
- Geared toward a sphere of influence – not a family reunion
Still have questions? Click here to download the Baptism Study & Celebration Guide for parents & students.
Watch as Pat Linnell, our teaching pastor, breaks down communion to start this conversation at home.
Parent dedication is more than an event. It is an opportunity for you to take some time as a parent to really think about what will matter the most in the life of your child; to really talk together and decide what you value and what you can do today that will have the greatest impact on your child's future.
This event is not infant baptism. We believe that when people are old enough to understand what it means to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, they should have the opportunity to make that choice for themselves. This event is about your commitment as a parent to lead your child into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, so that as he gets older, you are able to guide him and to help him understand what that means.
At different times throughout the ministry year we give the Salvation message within the elementary age group. If you have any questions about talking with your child about his or her Salvation, let us know. Take a moment to listen to what your children are hearing.
Jesus—God’s Son—came and lived on this earth, died, and rose again. God offers His free gift of salvation to all who believe in Jesus and accept Him as their Savior. This is the only way to be forgiven and reconciled to God. Anyone who accepts this gift is adopted as a son or daughter into God’s family and will live with Him forever in heaven.
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SHARING YOUR FAITH WITH YOUR CHILD
Have you accepted Jesus?
- Share your story with your child.
- Let your child see your faith in action.
- Do you read your bible in front of your child?
- Do you pray with your child?
- Do they know how important Jesus is in your life?
If you haven't...
The Bible reveals that it was not uncommon for an entire household to trust Christ as their Savior and to be saved on the same day. If you have never trusted Christ as your Savior, or you are not sure if you have, why not settle the question for yourself as well as for your child.
Remember, we are not saved by saying a prayer. We are saved by putting our faith in Christ as our Savior. Prayer is simply a way of expressing our trust in Christ for all He has done for us.
For more information on sharing your faith contact our Director of Children's Ministry Gail Wiles.
Deep blue Buddy Program
This program is uniquely designed for children with special needs. We believe all children should have the opportunity to participate in our Sunday morning discipling environments. We specifically pair volunteers who have a heart to serve children and families in this unique way. Once a buddy has been paired with your family, the volunteer will work one-on-one with your child to incorporate them into our Sunday morning program.
Upon completing your request you will be added to our wait list and a Children's Ministry staff member will follow up with you within 48 hours. There is no guarantee that we will be able to provide you with a Deep Blue Buddy for a specific gathering; this program is entirely volunteer based.