Many churches encourage Infant Baptism. Many other churches prefer Adult Baptism.
Both sides of the Christian movement end up in the same place, an adult choice to follow Jesus that was initiated by God.
The Infant Baptism churches, such as the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, emphasize the fact that God has chosen us, just as we are, and invited us to become participants in God’s heavenly kingdom.
The Adult Baptism churches, such as the Baptists and Independent churches, focus on our act of response, our choice to follow Jesus as an act of faith, putting our trust in our ever loving Lord.
It’s an act that we do willfully and in light of the witness from the Bible and all of creation.
The Infant Baptism churches realize that, of course, a child cannot understand all that is happening to them. They are recently born and oblivious of all that creation has in store for them.
However, God loves them just the same. Just as God has loved each one of us long before we ever knew of Jesus and the great sacrifice of unconditional love that Christ made for us.
The child is baptized into the church, the body of Christ, and the church takes on the responsibility to care and nurture them as they grow and come to realize what a profound gift God has given them.
The church provides Sunday School, Mission opportunities, Christian role models and other activities for them to “come and see” what the Christian faith is all about.
Then, at the age of awareness and choice, (usually starting at age 12 or 13), the child is asked to consider the universe of love God has created in Jesus Christ and to make a choice for that Universe.
This is called “Confirmation” and completes the process begun at Infant Baptism.
When they choose to be confirmed in the church of Jesus Christ, they are then seen as an adult in the body of Christ, ready to worship, pray, serve and grow in faith as a disciple of Jesus Christ for the rest of their lives.
Each year we call our congregation together to renew their Baptism. Whether it was as an infant or an adult when we were baptized, we join together in renewing that Baptismal vow.
We all stand before our loving God knowing that we don’t deserve the kind of unconditional love God pours out so abundantly on us.
You are invited to join us this Sunday at Lancaster United Methodist Church, to renew your Baptism.
...To renew your trust and faith in a loving Jesus Christ.
...To let the Holy Spirit inspire you again.
...To look to God with your highest allegiance as you seek to live a life of unconditional love and grace.
Please invite your friends and family to renew their faith as well.
There will be an opportunity at both our 9 am and 10:45 am worship services.
Professional child care will be available all morning long.
Our innovative “SPARK” Sunday School will be offered at both 9:15 am and 11 am.
Join in the community that has offered the love of God in Jesus Christ for centuries, and will continue to offer that love until the end of time.
Our world needs this witness of God’s unending love and power, peace and justice in Jesus Christ now more than ever.
I’m looking forward to seeing you.
Grace and Peace,
Join us at:
Lancaster United Methodist Church
This Sunday Jan. 8 @ 9 am & 10:45 am
Rev. Terry Van Hook, Lead Pastor
Lancaster United Methodist Church
918 w. Ave. J, Lancaster, CA 93534