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Many people have questions about baptism. Here are a few questions and answers to help explain this sacrament.
Why do we baptize?
Just before Jesus ascended into heaven he gave a command: “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” [Matthew 28:19] In response to that command we baptize.
Can adults who were not baptized as infants be baptized?
Of course! The pattern in Acts for adults is that they are baptized after coming to faith. If you have come to faith and are ready to be baptized, you may receive this special gift from God.
Why do we baptize infants?
For several reasons.
- In Acts, when the leader of the household comes to faith and is baptized, then the whole household is baptized. [Acts 16:11-15; 16:31-34; 18:5-11] All who live in the Christian household are baptized.
- The Bible says that Jesus included children in his ministry. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” After saying these words, Jesus placed his hands on the children and blessed them. A blessing from Jesus was a sign that he accepted them into a relationship with him!
- In the Bible God is the initiator of our relationship with him. God extends a relationship to us, and then awaits our turning to him in repentance and faith. That is the pattern of infant baptism.
If a part of infant baptism is God awaiting a response of faith, is there a time when this growing faith is celebrated?
Yes! Confirmation! When a child is baptized we quote the words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount: “Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.”
As infants grow to be children and then young adults, and are brought to God’s house and receive the Scriptures and grow in their relationship with Jesus, they need a chance to publicly affirm that faith. Confirmation is a public affirmation of baptism for growing Christians.
I was one who was baptized as an infant, then left the church. I have now returned to the faith. Should I be re-baptized?
The Bible says, “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.” [2 Timothy 2:13] Even though we may have wandered away from the covenant, God has remained faithful. Therefore, there is no need to be re-baptized.
However, you may want to remember your Baptism in a meaningful way at this time in your life. There are many ways to do this. Contact the pastor and ask to discuss such a possibility.
What happens at Baptism?
Promises are made by God at Baptism. These are promises which infants grow into, and which adults live out and confirm in their daily lives.
Martin Luther said it this way: “In Baptism God forgives sin, delivers from death and the devil, and gives everlasting salvation to all who believe what he has promised.”
If you would like to learn more about Baptism, the following texts in Acts would be helpful: