Some church traditions baptize infants and others don't. What's the right perspective on this subject?

Talking Points:

  • The pattern established in the Bible is that baptism comesĀ after an individual makes a decision to trust in Christ alone for salvation. Acts 2:41; 8:12; 10:47-48
  • Baptism is for people who meet two conditions, neither of which can apply to infants. A child has to be able to articulate their trust in Jesus and they need to understand the symbolism of baptism. Romans 6:5-11
  • Rather than baptizing infants or children, we encourage Christian parents to dedicate their children. Matthew 19:14, Proverbs 22:6
Discussion:
  1. Initial reactions to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Share your experience with infant baptism. Are you feeling pressure from family or friends to baptize your infant? Explain.
  3. Read Acts 2:41 and Acts 8:12. What do you notice as the pattern for baptism shown in these verses?
  4. Read Romans 6:5-11. Do you agree that it’s important for your child to understand the symbolism of baptism before being baptized? Explain.
  5. Read Matthew 19:14. How could a baby dedication fall more in line with what Jesus is modeling in this verse?
  6. Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?