TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT BAPTISM

At what age is my child ready to be baptized?


Here’s the thing: There’s no “right” age. It can be tricky to determine when a kid is ready to be baptized. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward choice to follow Jesus. So let them initiate the conversation. Don’t force baptism on him or her or make your kid think it’s something that has to be done before a person starts following Jesus; it’s not. (Remember Ephesians 2:8-9: there’s nothing we can do to "save" or rescue ourselves.)


Okay, They are asking questions. Now what?


First, talk about salvation. Baptism is going public with our decision to follow Jesus. If they haven't chosen Jesus as their leader, it’s not time for baptism yet. If you’d like some pointers on talking to your kids about salvation using kid-friendly language, check out Next Step For Kids.


Pray with them


Let them lead part of your prayer time. Encourage them to talk to God about baptism and to share with Him any questions or ideas they might have. Pray God will reveal Himself so they can truly understand what salvation and baptism are all about. Trust God to reveal to you whether or not they are ready to be baptized.


Experience baptism, together


Watch a baptism video like the one below. Bring them to our baptism service on September 9th to witness first-hand, what baptisms are all about. Afterward, let them share their perspective on what’s going on, ask them what questions they have, and share what you know about baptism. If you don’t know what baptism is about, or you don’t know the answers to their questions, you’re not alone! The answers on our Baptism FAQ page won’t just help your kid, they’ll help you out, too!



Gauging your kid's readiness

 

  • Do you see a growing desire to know, love, obey, serve, and follow Jesus because He first loved us (1 John 4:19)? 
  • Have you noticed a genuine trust in Jesus developing?
  • Have they shared--in their own words--an understanding and belief that Jesus is God’s son, He died for our sins, rose from the dead, and today prepares a place for us in Heaven?
  • Do they recognize their own sin, show remorse, and practice turning away from it?
  • Do you see them relying on God and His Word to teach him or her how to live?
  • Do you notice they are pursuing a life of obedience to Jesus? 
  • Can they share what baptism means? 
  • Are they able to express why they want to be baptized?
  • Have they consistently asked about baptism or following Jesus, using their own initiative? Do they continue to bring it up, without prompting?

 

These are just a few examples which serve as an indicator that God’s Spirit is at work in your child's life.


 

Connect with us

 

If you have questions, contact our Children's Pastor, Jeff Bradley. He would love to help you in this important discovery process.

 

Celebrate! 

 

Whether your kid is ready for baptism or not, celebrate the opportunities you have taken to help them grow. God will tend and water the seeds you have planted so that your kid’s decision to follow Jesus and baptism will come at just the right time. You are helping them discover what a life of peace, hope, and purpose in Jesus looks like!