Baptism is a time for family and friends to rejoice together. The birth of a child is a cause for happiness. But most of all Baptism is God’s time. Through the water and the Word of God, our Heavenly Father claims the child as His own. He promises to cleanse, love and guide this young one throughout his/her life.
It was our Lord God who said, “Do not be afraid, I will save you. I have called you by name, you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1 GNB)
At Messiah we value what God starts in Baptism. Although it is important that we come to God repentant and accept His Grace, Baptism marks above all else God’s work to bring us to Himself.
We affirm God’s claim as soon as we can in a child’s life. At the same time we are overjoyed when adults, older children, and families hear God’s call to Baptism.
“Will you pray for your child and teach him/her to pray? Will you read the scriptures together and attend church as a family? Will you see that he/she receives instruction in the Christian faith? If so, answer, “I will, with God’s help.”