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, Matthew 28: 18-20 & Romans 6:1-5
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 to invite children to consider being baptized at the age of 8 or older.
We choose not to baptize children under the age of 8, 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.
Does Salvation come through Baptism?
The act of going into the water is not our salvation. Jesus made a way to eternal life for us through His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. 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 previously baptized?
Ephesians 4:5 states that there is "one Lord, one faith, one baptism."
We recognize that many other Christian traditions celebrate baptisms. We honor and celebrate what God has done through His grace. If you have been previously baptized and are questioning the need to be re-baptized, we would like to invite you to have a conversation with us. Contact Kim Smith via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for next steps.