I Want to Get Baptized!

For kids that express interest in baptism we request that kids and their families meet with our VoxKids Directors. We want to discuss what it means to be a believer, what baptism is, who it's for and why someone should want to be baptized.

Conversation of Faith

God Gave:

God gave the most important, valuable, and perfect thing He had for you. He knew that our sin would keep us from living with Him forever.

Because God loved us, He gave His Son to fix that relationship. Jesus came to make a way for you in God’s story.

Jesus gave up His life on the cross to pay for our sin. Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead! His resurrection defeated death and makes a relationship with God possible again.

ASK . . .

What did God give us?

What did Jesus do for us?

God's Love:

God loved you before you were even born. He created you in His image. And He loves you right now.

Sin separates us from God and keeps us from being with Him forever. It’s the stuff we do wrong. Sin keeps us from living out the story that God wants for us.

And on our own, we can’t do anything about this. Because God loves us, He made a way for all of us to live with Him forever.

ASK . . .

What is sin?

What is the problem with sin?

Whoever Believes in Jesus:

When you receive a gift, you open it! God said you could open His gift by believing.

ASK . . .

Have you opened the gift that God gave you?

Do you trust Jesus with your whole life and rest in the fact that He died and rose again for you?

What is Baptism?

Baptism is an act of obedience for those who have already been saved.

  • Baptism tells a story of being rescued from sin by Jesus through faith in His death and resurrection.
  • Being baptized does not save you. Placing your faith in Jesus alone saves you.
  • Baptism is a picture of what God has already done in the heart of a believer.
  • Am I Ready for Baptism?

    The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ! Take the time to consider with your family if you understand what God has done for you and the gift He gave us through Jesus.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Every person who has made the decision to believe in Christ.

    "Those who believed and accepted His message were baptized." Acts 2:41

    "But when they believed Philip as he preached the Good News...and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women." Acts 8:12

    The one requirement for baptism is belief in Christ! We don't baptize children until they're old enough to understand and believe.

    The Bible gives no age for when a child is ready to be baptized. For baptism to be a meaningful experience and expression of faith, its significance should be understood. Our desire is for a child to understand this important step of baptism in his/her life.

    In child development, typically when children reach the age of 8 or 9, they gain the ability to understand abstract concepts. It is at this stage in a child development that they gain the ability to understand imagery such as those concepts involved in baptism representing our spiritual death, burial and resurrection. That being said, each baptism should be determined on a child-by-child basis. This is why, as a community of faith, we desire to have a "conversation of faith" between parent, child and Voxkids Director that we might try to understand more clearly together where a child is in his/her devel-opment.

    As soon as you have believed! You shouldn't delay.

    "Those who believed…were baptized...that day!" Acts 2:41

    In the book of Acts, Philip, one of Jesus's disciples was sharing the Good New of Jesus to a an Ethiopian eunuch. As they traveled, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "Look here is some water! Why shouldn't I be baptized right now?" Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." The official answered, *I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him." Acts 8:36-39 (Paraphrase)

    Some churches practice a "baptism of confirmation" for children. This ceremony is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on the behalf of the child. The parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his/her own personal confession of Christ This is different from the practice of baptism we see in the Bible which was done by those who had made a personal decision for Christ. For this reason, we reserve baptism for those who are old enough to understand and choose to make a personal commitment to Christ. To not confuse the purpose and intent of baptism, at Vox Church, a "child dedication" service is available to parents as a ceremony of covenant between parents and God on the behalf of the child. In many ways a "child dedication" service is truly a "parent dedication" service as parents publicly declare to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his her own personal confession of Christ.

    At the beginning of a baptism service the pastor will pray and then briefly explain the meaning of baptism. The pastor will introduce you and the other participants and you can share a brief description of your testimony.

    When it is your turn to be baptized, you will get into the water with the person who will baptize you. The person baptizing you will say, "I baptize you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. " The person baptizing you will briefly lower you backwards under the water and then raise you back up. You can then leave the water, towel off, get changed, and watch others being baptized.

    Don't forget to bring a change of clothes, a towel and bag for your wet clothes.

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