Infant / Child Baptism
Baptism of infants and young children is an opportunity for parents to publicly declare their trust in Jesus as their personal Savior and to invite the help of Jesus and of their local church body as they commit to raise their child as part of the community of faith.
In Acts 16:33-34, Luke describes the head of a household deciding to have his whole family baptized by the Apostle Paul as a demonstration of his intention that they would now be a Christian household. In the baptism of an infant or young child, we are reminded of the unconditional love of God that goes before us and the undeserved grace of God that sustains us.
We see baptism of infants and young children as more than a dedication, but less than a declaration of salvation. Children baptized as an infant or young child are invited to participate in confirmation or other environments where they can make a personal decision to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
Children and infants are baptized by sprinkling in any of our weekend worship gatherings. To discuss baptism, contact our Next Steps Coordinator, Kandy Brashear.
Adults and older children take the step of believer’s baptism as a public declaration of their own personal commitment to Jesus Christ. Baptism is our response of faith and love to what Jesus has done and will continue to do in our lives.
While believer’s baptism is not necessary for salvation (acknowledging the thief on the cross next to Christ who was promised paradise), it marks the beginning of the journey of faith and discipleship that lasts throughout a lifetime. In the New Testament, baptism was often the first step of those who placed their trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
Baptism is the sign of new life through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. Variously identified as regeneration, new birth, and being born again, this work of grace makes us into new spiritual creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Adults and older children are baptized by sprinkling, pouring or immersion. To discuss believer’s baptism, please contact our Next Steps Coordinator, Kandy Brashear.
Why do you baptize infants?
We baptize infants because we believe that God’s grace can reach us before we can ask for it, or even know that we need it. The baptism of infants and young children is a powerful reminder that God’s grace is offered to us even when we aren’t yet able to respond to it.
Why do you do believer's baptism?
We baptize people who have decided to follow Jesus as a reminder that in Jesus we are a new creation. Baptism is a powerful symbol of the rebirth and newness that comes when we put our trust in Jesus.
What if I have been baptized, but would like to be baptized again?
Since we view baptism as a gift from God we do not believe there is ever a need to be re-baptized. God got it right the first time, regardless of who else participated, when, or where it happened. We recognize and honor all Christian baptisms. We do, however, offer a “Renewal of Baptism” opportunity, on request and after a conversation with one of our pastors.
I'm not a member of The Summit Church, can I be baptized?
Reach out to us and let’s chat! Contact Next Steps Coordinator Kandy Brashear.