Why should I be baptized?
Jesus commanded His followers to be baptized as an outward symbol of an inward commitment. This action puts the world on notice that a person is leaving their old life behind and embracing the life God has for them. See Matthew 3:13-17
What age is appropriate for baptism?
Baptism has nothing to do with age and everything to do with a person’s spiritual condition. However a person needs to fully understand that baptism is a public proclamation and celebration of the inward decision a person has made to be a Christ follower. It has been the practice here at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg that we invite children to consider being baptized at the age of 8.
Am I Christian if I don't get baptized?
Baptism is not a prerequisite for heaven, nor does our salvation come through baptism. The act of going into the water does not save us. Jesus saved us through His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. Baptism does not save us, but the saved are baptized. If one of His commands is to be baptized, why would a believer not want to be obedient to follow Jesus in this way?
What if I was baptized as an infant?
Within the traditions of the Wesleyan faith we do not baptize infants, but we invite parents to present their children to Jesus in dedication that they will raise their child(ren) in the Christian faith modeling for them and teaching them what it looks like and means to follow Jesus.
We recognize that other faith traditions do baptize infants. We would still like to invite you to consider baptism as a Christ-follower who by your own volition is choosing to publicly declare and celebrate your personal decision to receive Christ’s forgiveness and grace and to live a life honoring Him.