Water Baptism F.A.Q.s
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What is water baptism?
Water baptism is a ceremony that symbolizes the beginning of our spiritual lives. It is a way to publicly say goodbye to our life outside of Christ (Romans 6:1-4). Baptism doesn't make you a believer - it shows that you already believe. Like a wedding ring, water baptism is an outward sign of an inward event.
WHo is eligible for baptism?
The New Testament consistently speaks of water baptism in the context of pledging one's life to Christ (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). Only those who have committed their lives to Christ are to be baptized.
At Northside, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. Some churches practice a baptism of confirmation or infant baptism 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 custom began about 300 years after the Bible was completed.
This is different from the baptism talked about in the Bible which was only for those who put their trust in Jesus Christ. The purpose is to publicly confess your personal commitment to Christ.
At Northside, we offer Baby Dedication for parents who wish to make a covenant to raise their child to know and love the Lord. For more information about Baby Dedications, you can e-mail email@example.com