We are so excited that you are considering water baptism for your child! Every child can have a personal relationship with Jesus, and in Cornerstone Kids we encourage them to make a decision to follow Him. Our children are encouraged to not just learn about Jesus, but learn from Him by walking with Him every day.
Being baptized does not make you saved. It is a symbol to tell others that you are already saved. Water baptism is a command according to Acts 2:38. And Romans 6:3 tells us why, to show we belong to Jesus. We get baptized not because our mom, dad, or pastor says we should. We are baptized because we want to obey Jesus and want the world to know He is our best friend and our Savior! SEE BELOW WHAT IT MEANS TO ASK JESUS TO BE YOUR SAVIOR.
We advise parents to wait until their child is asking to be water baptized. This is usually a good indication that they are ready to be baptized and that it will be a spiritual milestone in their life. While younger children under the age of six or seven can have a relationship with Jesus, they will not necessarily remember or understand the significance of the event, so we encourage parents to wait for baptism until they are a little older.
As you discern if your child is ready to be water baptized, here are some questions to ask your child. The following answers show that your child understands.
1. When did you decide to follow Jesus and become His forever friend?
Your child should have a specific memory of when he or she understood what Jesus did, and that he or she needs Jesus in their life. It may have been at church, at home, or even sometime when they were alone.
2. What does it mean to be water baptized?
It means I’m following Jesus. It means I’m a Christian and I want to show the world. It’s a picture of what Jesus has done on the inside of me.
3. Why do you want to be water baptized?
Because Jesus was baptized and he tells us to be baptized also. Because I’m a friend of Jesus and I want to follow Him.
Your Child is Not Ready
If you don’t feel your child understands what it means to be water baptized, it’s totally appropriate to wait. During this time, let your child observe water baptism and talk to them about what it means.
Your Child is Ready
If you feel your child is ready to be baptized, register them for baptism HERE.
ASKING JESUS TO BE YOUR SAVIOR IS AS EASY AS A, B, C.
Admit: All people sin. I know and admit that I have sinned and because of my sin I am separated from God. (Romans 3:23, James 2:10, 1 John 1:9)
Believe: I believe that God sent Jesus to live a perfect life and die on the cross to pay the punishment for my sin. Jesus rose again and now lives in heaven seated at the right hand of God. I believe that only because of what Jesus did, I can now be forgiven for my sins and will live in heaven with God and Jesus someday. (John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Acts 4:12)
Choose: Jesus does not force anyone to ask for forgiveness. I must ask Jesus to be my Savior. I choose to ask Jesus to be my Savior and Lord of my life, and I thank Him for the forgiveness I have through what He did on the cross for me. (Romans 10:9-10)
A short prayer you can lead your child in praying if they would like to ask Jesus to be their Savior:
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and I am sorry for all of the times I have sinned. Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins, and I believe that only because of what He did can I be forgiven of my sins. Jesus I thank you for what you did for me, and I ask you to be my Savior and Lord of my life. Thank you that I am now forgiven and that I will one day live with You in heaven. Amen.