“Mom, why are the pastors dunking people?”
Being the primary discipler of your children is a big responsibility. It’s amazing when kids ask questions about sermons, the Bible and things that happen at church, but it can catch us off guard, too.
Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Baptism
If your child wants to get baptized, ask questions. Baptism comes after salvation, so start there:
“Can you tell me who Jesus is?” “What did He do for you?”
You might find the need to explain salvation.
Here’s one way to explain salvation in a way kids can understand:
- God loves you! He made you and knows everything about you.
- (Psalm 139).
- When we do wrong things, it’s called sin. We deserve to be punished for those things, but Jesus took the punishment for us. (Ecclesiastes 7:20).
- God loves you so much He sent His son Jesus to earth. Jesus was perfect and didn’t deserve to be punished, but He was punished in our place by dying on a cross. Jesus didn’t stay dead though! Jesus rose again, from death to life so that we are free from the power of sin now and penalty of sin eternally. To follow Jesus, you have to believe Jesus died for you and that God brought Jesus back to life. (Romans 10:9-10).
- To follow Jesus, you have to admit that you’re a sinner by nature, wanting bad things, and by choice, doing bad things. You need to tell God that you’re sorry and that you want Him to help you change to do right things. (Acts 3:19).
If your child has already asked Jesus into his life, explain what baptism is and what it means.
Here are some suggestions and places to point to in their Bible:
- Now that you’ve committed to following Jesus, you need to let others know by getting baptized. (Mark 16:16)
- Baptism happens in the water. It’s a picture of what Jesus did when He took the punishment for your sins. When you go under the water, it shows that you believe Jesus died for you. When you come out of the water, you show people that you believe God brought Jesus back to life. (Romans 6:4)
- Being saved and then baptized doesn’t mean your life will be perfect. There will still be times when you will sin and make wrong choices. When this happens, pray and ask Jesus to forgive you. Jesus took the punishment for all our sin. That means even though you will sin again, you don’t need to be saved or baptized again. (1 Peter 3:18)
- You can continue following Jesus every day by reading the Bible, praying and obeying what Jesus says. (Psalm 1:2)