Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.”
At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay.
I am often asked why Lutherans believe in an “infant baptism”. Here are a few thoughts:
1) We Don’t
Lutherans do not believe in an “infant baptism”. We believe in “baptism”. A baptism given freely to all people of all ages. Baptism is not given exclusively to infants.
We believe God freely gives us new birth into a living hope through the sacrament of baptism. For by grace we have been saved through faith, but this is not your own doing, it is a gift from God.
When we are baptized, we are baptized into the family of God. By water and the Holy Spirit we are reborn children of God and made members of the church, the body of Christ. In baptism, parents, sponsors, and the people of God make promises to support the baptized in their new life in Christ. We are not baptized alone, but rather baptized in mutual support
God makes a promise in baptism. A promise of new life. This promise is for you, for your children, and for all.Add Pingback