Both of our precious girls made a public profession of faith on Sunday evening. What a joy and privilege to watch as our daughters were baptized before a large group of family and friends.
Since they both had accepted Christ as their Savior when they were very young, we wanted to wait until they were at an age that they would be able to remember this very special day. We chose to wait until they individually made the decision to be baptized. We simply told them that when they were ready, we would support their decision. We've watched each of them grow by leaps and bounds in their personal spiritual journey this year, so we knew the timing was perfect.
Why baptism by immersion? As a Christian, we want to be imitators of Christ. He chose to be publicly baptized as an example to us (Matthew 3:13-17). Are we more holy or saved because of baptism? No, but it is obedience. We believe that it is a representation of what has already occurred in our hearts: cleansing by Jesus' death/burial/resurrection
When each of our children were babies we were part of a Baby Dedication service (some churches do infant sprinkling). As a couple, we publicly stood before the church and committed to raising our children according to God's grace and mercy.
Although we have much influence in our children's spiritual journey, we know that their relationship with God is a personal decision. They are not "grandfathered" into heaven's fold because of our beliefs. They must make a choice to open their hearts to Jesus.
One of the greatest blessings in life has been to watch each of our children develop a personal relationship with God. We believe that all are sinful (Rom.3:23) and need saving grace. Jesus is the bridge that mankind needed to mend the gap between our sinfulness and God's holiness. (Rom. 3:24-25) It is by his sacrifice alone that we are saved from ourselves (John 3:16). Baptism isn't a "good work" that will help us get into heaven (Ephesians 2:8) it is a simple act of obedience in which we publicly say,
"I was a sinner.
I have accepted Christ as my Savior.
I am saved by his grace.
I am redeemed."
(yes, I know his shirt is very distracting from this spiritual moment ... gotta love it!)
"If you confess with your mouth 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." Romans 10:9-10