Their Next Step After Salvation
Everyone who personally asks Jesus into their heart, regardless of their age, should take the important step of being baptized - making a public declaration of their faith in Christ. The following two easy steps will help prepare your child for this meaningful event in their spiritual journey.
Getting Your Child Ready
Here’s a quick guide to help you start the conversation with your child and better help them understand this important step.
Baptism is the outward expression of an inward decision. Baptism is when we go under the water, symbolizing:
Washing away all the dirty stuff - sins.
Jesus’ death and resurrection - Jesus died and came back to life again on the third day.
What is Baptism?
“Does this mean you’ll never sin again?”
"No. You do not need to live a life that chooses sin, but you will continue to make mistakes (sin). Only Jesus lived a sinless life."
"When you sin again, what do you do?"
Most kids are more concerned with getting in trouble with Mom or Dad than asking God for forgiveness, so it's hard for them to not connect "getting in trouble" when we talk about God and sin. Make sure they understand that it's by the grace and love of Jesus that our sins are forgiven.
"Confess or "say" your sins to God in prayer and sometimes to the person we have done wrong to."
Water Baptism FAQs
What is Water Baptism?
Water baptism is a public declaration that we have turned away from our sins and put our faith in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord (Acts 2:38). It is important to recognize that baptism does not save us; instead, we are saved by God’s grace as we trust in His Son who died for us on the cross and was raised from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10). However, baptism identifies us publicly with Jesus Christ as His disciples, His followers. This is vital because Jesus Himself said, “If anyone acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will openly acknowledge that person before my Father in heaven” (Matthew 10:32).
Obeying God in this way is an important step toward spiritual fruitfulness and the fullness of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; Colossians 2:11-12). As we go down into the waters and come back up we demonstrate that our old life of sin has been buried with Christ and we have been raised with Him (Romans 6:1-4). Baptism is a celebration of God’s grace and an expression of our desire and intention to follow Him!
Who Should be Baptized?
You should be baptized if you have turned away from your sins and put your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord (Acts 2:38). Water baptism is a public declaration that you have been saved by God’s grace through your trust in His Son (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10). Baptism is an important point of identification with Jesus as your Lord and an expression of your desire and intention to follow Him. Please note that you do not need to be a member of Pathways Church to be baptized here.
What Should I Wear?
Clothes that will not retain much water work best (jeans are not good). We will give you a baptism t-shirt to wear. You may wear dark-colored pants or modest length shorts (no short shorts please). Also, make sure to bring a change of clothes, two towels and a plastic bag for wet clothing.
Can I be baptized with a member of my family? What about inviting family?
If you would like to be baptized with your children, or if you would like your children to be baptized together, please let us know that when you register and we will do our best to plan for this. Of course, it is important that each family member has come to a point of personal faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior of their life before they are ready for baptism.
Before registering your child…
We’re excited to guide your child in this next step! Before completing their registration, be sure to watch together the teaching on Baptism at the top of this page. If you have any other questions, please email us.