We are really, really excited about Sunday, July 5th Baptism and BBQ at The District Church! We will be enjoying BBQ, seriously, who doesn't like BBQ? Additionally, there will be folks who will publicly express their faith in Jesus through baptism! It will be a great day of fellowship and worship of Jesus, but also a day of opportunity.
Our gathering will include children joining together with their family for worship. As families gather together to worship Jesus, children will experience things not typical to their normal Sunday. Children will experience things like communion, preaching, and baptism. This will birth questions for the child, therefore, the gathering will naturally provide discipleship opportunities for parents and it’s extremely important to steward that well.
"A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous." - Proverbs 13:22
Here are some practical ways to help prepare your children:
- Talk about July 5th with your kids now. Spend time during dinner and share about going to the worship gathering as a family. I think building some anticipation prior to July 5 will be healthy. We do the exact same thing when we take a trip to Disney, so why not when worshipping Jesus?
- Build upon anticipation through explanation. Spend time with your children to talk through things like communion, baptism, and preaching. These will provide great opportunities to talk through the Gospel and the role of obedience in the life of a disciple. For instance, help your child understand...
- Baptism tells the story of being saved by Jesus from sin through faith in His death and resurrection.
- Baptism does not save a person. Baptism is a picture of what God has done in the heart of a person; faith alone in Jesus saves a person.
- Communion is a reminder to the church and individuals of Jesus' sacrifice for sins. The bread and juice used for communion are symbolic.
- Read with them. Selected Reading from the Jesus Storybook Bible: "Heaven Breaks Through" (pages 200-207), "The Servant King" (pages 287-292).
Who should be baptized?
The consistent New Testament teaching is first a person must believe in Jesus prior to baptism, but historically there have been two positions taken on baptism: credobaptism and paedobaptism.
Credobaptism position is often called Believers Baptism, which comes from the Latin meaning, I believe. While people coming from Catholic or Presbyterian backgrounds take the position of paedobaptism, which too comes from the Latin meaning, child, and refers to infant baptism. The problem with infant baptism is we never witness it in Scripture. There is never a point where an infant is baptized, then believes in Jesus’ person and work, or for you theological nerds: baptism never itself causes regeneration (born-again). Here are several biblical grounds why we do not support or practice infant baptism (Acts 2:41; 8:12; 10:44, 47-48; 16:14-15, 32-33).
Prior to being baptized, a person must exercise a simple understanding or evidence of faith. Therefore, asking questions is extremely valuable to discovering where people are. While it may look like we are policing the process of who should be baptized, we are rather protecting and serving people from haphazardly rushing into it.
Why Should I be baptized?
Amazingly, this is a growing question among people. Due to the fact that baptism does not save, there are believers who feel it is not a valuable or necessary step to take, but we believe the Bible to teach otherwise.
- Obedience to Christ’s commands. Matthew 28:18-20
- Evidence of a person is a disciple of Jesus. Acts 2:41
- Follow Christ’s example. Matthew 3:13-17
The District Church desires people to joyfully respond to the Gospel through baptism as an act of worshipful obedience to Christ’s commands, and following His example