Baptism & Children

Why Baptize Babies?

The United Methodist Church responds in this way….

From the earliest times, children and infants were baptized and included in the church. As scriptural authority for this ancient tradition, some scholars cite Jesus’ words, “Let the little children come to me…for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Mark 10:14). However, a more consistent argument is that baptism, as a means of grace, signifies God’s initiative in the process of salvation. John Wesley preached “prevenient grace,” the grace that works in our lives before we are aware of it, bringing us to faith. The baptism of children and their inclusion in the church before they can respond with their own confirmation of faith is a vivid and compelling witness to prevenient grace.

How might grace have been working in your life before you were aware of it, bringing you to faith?

We’ll be gathering for the Baptism of five children on Sunday, October 24.  May our worship be a compelling witness to God’s unconditional love & prevenient grace.

 

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