Baptism at NewSpring – part 3

Here is the last part of our baptism facts page. If you are interested in baptism at NewSpring, please see our baptism page on our website.

IV. Who Should Be Baptized?

Every person who has believed in Christ. A Believer is someone who has realized that their sin separated them from God. They have given up all efforts to reach God through good works or religious activity. They have concluded that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for their sins is the only thing that can bridge the gap between them and God. A Believer is someone who has decided to trust Christ alone for their salvation. If you have come to that point in your spiritual journey, then you are ready to be baptized (Acts 2:41; 8:12-13).

V. What About Children?

The New Testament shows no example of baptism when the individual did not request it. All instances of baptism followed an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation (Acts 2:41; 8:12; 10:47-48). At New Spring, we wait until the child is old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. When a child makes a decision for Christ, we gladly baptize them in the Christian faith.

Some churches practice a “baptism of confirmation” for children. This custom began about three hundred years after the Bible was completed. This is a time when the parents pledge their commitment to raise their child according to Christian values and beliefs. While a very meaningful event, this is not Christian baptism. As the purpose of baptism is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ, it is strongly recommended that every Christian person be baptized as an adult Believer, even though many of us were “confirmed” as children.

VI. What About Infant Baptism?

In the Bible we find parents bringing children to Jesus. He held them and prayed for them and told us to welcome them. But he did not baptize them, and he did not tell anyone else to baptize them. So it seems more biblical to wait until after a personal decision to trust Christ has been made by the child. For if baptism is a symbol of how Christ has changed us (as the Bible teaches), only people who have received Christ should experience baptism.

If you have not experienced believer’s baptism, even though you have experienced baptism as an infant, the full meaning and significance of baptism yet to take place in your life. We strongly encourage you to be baptized as an adult believer in Christ.

VII. When Should I Be Baptized?

As soon as you have believed. “Those who believed were baptized that day!” (Acts 2:41)

“Then Philip began with the scripture and told him the Good News about Jesus. As they traveled along the road, they came to some water, and the man said, ‘Look, here is water! why shouldn’t I be baptized right now?’ Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’ The man answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ So they went down into the water and Philip baptized him.” (Acts 8:35-38)

VIII. Does This Mean It Has To Be Immediately?

No, what the Bible teaches is that baptism should follow your decision to become a Believer. There is no reason to delay. It you wait until you are “good” enough, you will never feel ready for baptism.

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