There are many beliefs and preferences surrounding this topic. Some believe in the infant kind…others just the believers. Some sprinkle…some dunk. Some claim it is a required mark of salvation…others say it’s just an act of obedience. With all the various options I know you all have just been sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for me to weigh in, haven’t you?
No? Oh…well, then I am going to tell you what I personally feel led to do at this point and invite your comments anyway.
I was raised in the Methodist denomination and as such my folks had me sprinkled as an infant. I have no inherent problem with their choice to dedicate me in this way. I also fall into the category of belief that another baptism for me is not exactly necessary. It is clear as we read of the criminal on the cross next to Christ that salvation is only by grace and belief in Jesus. There was no time for that man to hop off his cross, get dunked in the Jordan, hop back on his cross, die, and go to heaven.
That being said, the church I attend now performs believer’s baptisms and they dunk you like a freshly baked chocolate chip cooking into a cool glass of milk. Yeah…I know that’s a strange comparison…what can I say…I’m strange! I have felt a tug on my heart now for several months to finally submit my doughy goodness to the dunking booth. Why you ask? Well, not because I think my salvation requires it and not because I believe the sprinkling efforts failed to take but rather for these very important reasons:
- I believe God is asking me to and this is a chance to show obedience
- Baptism is an outward and public sign of your born again status
- I want to publicly confess Christ as my Savior and give Him the glory
- Christ set the example for us in Mark 1:9-11 and I desire to be Christ-like
From the looks of things, the next baptismal service opportunity will be November 30th. So I will contact the church and make sure my name is on the list of participants. I would encourage you to think about this outward act for yourself and pray for God’s leading! In the meantime, I look forward to your thoughts…go to the comment section posthaste and let me know what you believe.