Last Sunday was exciting to watch believers publicly profess their faith in Christ. I am always moved to tears when I see these new brothers and sisters nodding their heads yes as they answer the questions of faith and then be slowly lowered under water; then come back up as their old self washes away and their new self appears, standing before us as the crowds cheers and claps in joyful celebrating. I know baptism itself does not save but rather a symbol. But there is still so much power in this act of obedience that Christ calls us to.
I also love watching kids confidently approach the water and climb in. I am usually a blubbering mess at this point, as I think of my own 3 children and how I pray for the day they profess their faith and desire to be baptized. My husband and I have the utmost honor and privilege in teaching our children the truths of the bible and guiding them as they walk out their christian faith. Sometimes it is hard for me to wait on the Lord and not want them to be baptized right away. But God graciously reminds me that only He holds the power of salvation, and everyone's story is different. Isn’t that such a beautiful thing! Let’s trust God with our child(ren)’s story and not be discouraged in training our children. He will guide our conversations and give us the grace and strength we need.
I found these stories and considerations, posted last year by some of our pastors, very encouraging as we walk and disciple our children to their next step of faith and obedience: