Should I have my children baptized?


Acts 2:38-39, Psalm 51:5

The question: Should I have my children baptized? Is a common question.

God says through Peter in Acts:

and Peter said to them repent and be baptized. Every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promises for you and for your children and for all who are far off. (Acts 2:38-39)

Now you’re asking where are my children even sinful? How are infants even sinful? Psalm 51 verse 5 reminds us that we are conceived even in sin.

Certainly, I was guilty when I was born.
I was sinful when my mother conceived me. (Psalm 51:5)

Therefore all people need the forgiveness of sins and that is what baptism offers. The Holy Spirit brings the forgiveness of sins from the cross which Christ won for all people, yes, even children and infants.

And he himself creates faith that is the gift of the Holy Spirit. And wherever there is the forgiveness of sins God promises to give that person a new life and salvation.

So should we have our children baptized? Yes. God desires us to receive his gracious promises in baptism.

So if the question of baptism is weighing on your heart and your wondering should I have my child baptized? What are the reasons for it?

You can say: “Yes, I should have my child baptized. Because the promises which God gives to us through baptism that my child will be brought into his holy family and will be saved through Jesus Christ.”

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