Posts Tagged "Baptism"
I love kids. I love Baptisms. I especially love watching kids be baptized. Check out this video.
I have always enjoyed the Parable of the Lost Coin from the book of Luke:
“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” [Luke 15: 8-10]
I have always enjoyed the images of Angels celebrating every time someone enters the kingdom of heaven. Every time I hear a story of salvation or a baptism testimony, I get a mental picture of angels in heaven celebrating. The verse doesn’t say so, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Father, Son and Holy Spirit right there along with them celebrating right along with them. This Saturday night, that idea of celebration takes on a whole new meaning for me. This Saturday, at around 7:00 PM or so, my seven year old daughter will be baptized, and I can’t wait to celebrate along with the angels. Now, mind you, they’ve already had their big celebration, as did I on a Sunday afternoon in April. Here’s what I wrote about that day (April 18, 2010) previously:
On the way to church yesterday my 8 year old son (nine today – Happy Birthday Jacob), my seven year old daughter (Lyndsey) and I were talking about the gospel and being saved. My son (who is saved and has been baptized) asked how you know for sure that you’ve been saved (this was after a lesson last week on Thomas and how doubts are normal in the Christian life). So, we talked about the prayer of salvation and then we talked about how being saved is much more than just that prayer. We talked about the outward and inward signs of being saved like changes in attitudes, regretting when you do bad things not just because of the thing itself but because it is something God wouldn’t want you to do, etc., and we talked about how God changes us from the inside out. When we got in the truck to come home from church Lyndsey was kind of quiet then she told me, “I don’t think I’ve ever said that prayer.” I asked her if she wanted to, and she said she did but not until we got home and her brother wasn’t in the truck. 🙂
So, this moment was a little bit different. It wasn’t actually in my K-1 class. Instead, this entry deals with a conversation I had with my eight-year-old son about Baptism.
After six-and-a-half years of being a Christ follower and ignoring God’s command that new believers be baptized, I finally took that step of obedience this past weekend. There was no theological, philosophical or other reason that I put it off. It just sort of got relegated to the back burner of my spiritual life, and I never made it a priority. God continued to tug at me about this one, and I finally started to feel like a hypocrite telling my kids how important it was to be obedient to God on one hand and ignoring this call on the other. This is just one of many examples where God has used my role as a dad to my children to explain my role as child to him.
Anyhow, in my local church, the process for baptism involves a class one weekend followed by the actual baptisms the next weekend. As part of my plan to keep from backing out this weekend or finding something “more important” that needed to be done, I told my kids about it. I knew they would keep on me. They were more excited about seeing their Dad get baptized than I ever imagined – especially my eight-year-old son! He rearranged his weekend and skipped a cousins graduation party because he didn’t want to risk missing the moment.
The afternoon of the Saturday evening I was going to be baptized, we were driving to go see a movie together, and he brought up the issue of baptism. He wanted to know about the class (for the 30th time). He wanted to know about the “test” (the four question form our church has you fill out to give your testimony during the baptism. And, he wanted to know about the symbolism. We talked about the water and what it signifies. We talked about why you get dunk as a symbol of Christ’s death on the cross. And we talked about coming back up out of the water as a symbol of resurrection to new life. In that moment, Jacob uttered something to me that I found profound and which altered my view of the whole process. He said,Read More
I posted the Blog Patrol early this morning , and this blog post didn’t make the cut (though I do plan to include it next week). So, I wanted to make anyone involved in Children’s Ministry aware of a continuing blog series from Ministry-to-Children.com called “Children’s Ministry Think Tank.” For each question, several guests from the world of Children’s Ministry are invited to weigh in on a topic of interest in Children’s Ministry. The plan is to do approximately 2 posts per month.
The topic for the most recent discussion is the baptism of children. The question posed is:
“What is your church’s policy about baptizing kids? Is there any age absolutely too young? If you had to pick a “typical” or “ideal” age what would you say? What happens when a kid comes back for re-baptism as a teen?”
Weighing in on the topic this week are:Read More