What is baptism all about?
In one word, baptism is all about identification with Christ. The baptism of a believer in Jesus is both a personal and public identification with the greatest act of human history -- the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In Romans 6:3-4, the Apostle Paul says, "Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."
Who should be baptized?
Anyone who has heard the good news about Jesus Christ, understands that Jesus died for their sins, has repented of their sin and put their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord is ready for baptism (Acts 2:37-41). Children are eligible for baptism at GCC when they are old enough to understand the Gospel and make a decision to follow Jesus for themselves.
Why does GCC baptize by immersion?
The original Greek word for baptism is the word baptizo which means to submerge. Many baptism stories in the New Testament speak of going "down into the water," coming "up out of the water and "plenty of water" (Matthew 3:16; John 3:23; Acts 8:38-39). Romans 6:3-5 and Colossians 2:12 both speak of being "buried with him" in baptism, making a connection between the mode of baptism and the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
When should my child take the Baptism for Kids Class?
Baptism for Kids Class is geared for elementary age children who have either accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and are ready to be baptized or children who have expressed interest in either accepting Jesus or being baptized. It is also designed to help parents know if their child is ready for baptism.
What if my child was baptized/sprinkled as an infant?
There is no problem if a child was baptized/sprinkled as an infant. In the Bible, there are stories of parents who brought their children to Jesus. Jesus always welcomed children who were brought to him; he delighted in them and blessed them.
At GCC, we follow the New Testament pattern of a "believer's baptism." We baptize children and adults when they are able to hear and understand the good news about Jesus Christ and put their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord. Once your child makes a personal decision of faith, your child should be encouraged to take the next step of believer's baptism by immersion.