This is a question answered differently in many churches. It’s definitely a question we should be asking. Leave a comment to let me know what your church does.
My friend Trevin wrote a helpful post asking should we baptize small children? He offered four principles for handling this topic. Here was his conclusion:
To be clear, I do not consider childhood baptisms invalid. I myself was baptized when I was eight. But I do believe that we should be very careful in how we handle the precious little ones that the Lord has entrusted to our care – neither discouraging them from believing in Christ nor giving them false assurance of their decision by speedily baptizing them.
Here are a few posts on this topic from our website:
- In May 2009 we hosted a discussion post talking about different church policies on baptizing young children
- That led to a larger conversation about the age of accountability
I also though these links from some other websites worth checking out:
- Kids Baptism Policy at Sojourn Community Church
- Posts about Baptism on Children’s Ministry Online