Baptism at Kalbarri Anglican Church

Some REASONS…

People have all sorts of reasons to want their child baptised, but in light of the Bible’s teaching, some of them are not good reasons to have…

·  it’s the done thing
·  our families expect it
·  it removes their sin – what if they died unbaptised?
·  it gives them a good start in life
·  it is required for entry to some schools
·  it connects them to the Church
·  our relative is visiting from overseas

So… what reasons does the Bible give for baptism?

Baptism is your response to Jesus Christ.

After dying and rising to life Jesus said to his disciples… “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:18-20)

So, for Jesus, baptism is about being under his authority. It’s about belonging to Jesus and obeying him. When we baptise our children, we’re saying that Jesus comes first for them as well as us. We want them to be committed to Him, as we are.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO PUT JESUS FIRST?

Your RESPONSE…

In the baptism service, parents and godparents are expected to answer “I am” to this vital question…
   Are you yourself a follower of Jesus Christ,
   and a member of his Church,
   sincerely believing the promises of God?

So, what does this all mean?

A FOLLOWER of Jesus Christ

Being a Christian means following Jesus Christ. This is much more than just admiring him, or being morally good. We can’t physically follow him, as his first disciples did because Jesus is in heaven. But we study the Bible to know more about Jesus; how he lived and died to take away sin. We read the Bible to learn how to obey (follow) Him. This is no light thing…

“Jesus said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)

“Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.” (John 8:31)

A MEMBER of His Church

Some want a sort of associate Church membership, to belong without attending. But Christian discipleship needs Christian encouragement and teaching. Christian discipleship implies certain responsibilities towards other Christians (caring, serving, giving, etc). Going to Church shows we belong to Christ, and His people, and it helps us to follow Him

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  (Hebrews 10:25)

A BELIEVER

Many would say that they sincerely try to keep God s commands, but Christianity is not a list of rules we mustn’t break. Good things come to us from God, not because we impress him with our lives, but because he promises to give them to believers. Believers are people who trust Jesus Christ. And all of God’s promises come from Jesus. Forgiveness of sins comes from his death. Eternal life comes from his resurrection. Hope for the future to his return to rule. We need to know God’s promises in the Bible, and trust him…

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ…” (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Your RESPONSIBILITES

Children are entirely dependent upon parents for food and clothing, love and instruction. And in many ways what you are is what they will become. Children’s Christian upbringing, too, will be shaped by parents – what you are, and what you do and what you believe

So, What does the Bible expect of parents?

The Bible expects that Christian parents will raise their children to follow Jesus. “… bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”  (Ephesians 6:1-4)

Children are only baptised on the understanding that they will be brought up “in the training and instruction of the Lord” – to follow Him. Since they are unwitting participants in their baptism (all they do is get wet) everything depends on the integrity and intentions of the parents.

Before baptism you must ask yourself…

Am I… a follower of Jesus Christ,
a member of His Church,
sincerely believing the promises of God?

Baptism at Kalbarri Anglican Church

When? The Baptism Service usually takes place as a segment in our regular 9am Sunday service.

How? Contact the church and a minister will arrange to meet you.

Because of the serious commitment involved (personal faith in Christ, attendance at Church, commitment to others), Christian Baptism involves regular attendance at our church, completion of the Christianity Explained course and an interview with the minister.

How Much? There is no charge for the service.

What About Godparents? We encourage you to choose some Christian friends who will act as godparents and pray for your child and family.

We hope this information has been helpful in explaining the issues involved in having your child baptised. We are happy to answer any further questions you may have.