If your child wants to be water baptized, ask a few questions. Water baptism comes after salvation, so start with the basics: Can you tell me who Jesus is? What did He do for you? Here’s one way to explain salvation in a way kids can understand:
If your child has already asked Jesus into his life, explain what water baptism is and what it means. Here are some suggestions and places to point to in their Bible:
Facilitate the conversation, but don’t dominate it. Kids are naturally curious. Commit to answer every question, no matter how silly, and let you child ask lots of questions.
Remember, walking with Jesus is not a race. Water baptism is the first step after salvation for everyone, kids included. But it's possible your child might not be ready. And that’s OK! It's always better to wait than to pressure children to take a step they don't understand.
As parents, we often want to make things happen for our kids. Our hearts are in the right place. We want what is best for our kids. But water baptism is about their faith, not ours. What we choose and they do might last for a while, but what they choose and they do will last forever.
If we can help you in any way with your children, we are always here for you.
Pastor Dena Cowan
Pastor Sean Cowan