Jesus himself was baptized and commanded his disciples to continue this practice as part of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20). Baptism serves as the visible marker of entrance into the covenant community, and thus is equivalent in function to circumcision in the Old Testament (Col. 2:11-12). Just as circumcision was a visible sign marking the entrance into the covenant community, so baptism is the visible difference between those who belong to the church and the rest of the world. Throughout the Bible, God's covenant promises are offered not just to individuals, but also to families and communities (Ex. 20:6; Deut. 7:9; Acts 2:38-39; 1 Cor. 7:14). The mark of circumcision was administered to children of the covenant before their profession of faith, and so baptism should be offered to children of believing parents (Westminster). This emphasizes that God chose us in him before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4-6). Just as an infant can do nothing to care for itself, so a person can do nothing to earn God's grace or come to salvation apart from the grace of God (John 6:44; Rom. 5:8; 9:16). Those who come to faith and join the Christian community should be baptized also (Acts 2:41, 8:12, 16:15, 19:5).
At The Kirk, we offer baptism to the children of one or both believing parent(s) who are members of the church. We also offer the dedication of a child if the parents choose not have them baptized until later. We offer believer’s baptism to those who have made a profession of faith. Infants are baptized by sprinkling of water and adults may be baptized by sprinkling or immersion. All of these practices have precedence in Scripture, with different emphases. We understand that this is a personal choice for each family and we want you to be comfortable with the theology behind whichever practice you choose. Please click on the buttons below to view articles that explain the differences between infant baptism and infant dedication. Any of our pastors would be willing to discuss these options with you. Please contact the church office to make an appointment with one of them.
How do I arrange for my child to be baptized or dedicated?
Meridith Matson is The Kirk’s staff member who helps coordinate this important day for your family. Please click on the button below to complete the information that Meridith needs to schedule your dedication or baptism. Once this form is submitted, Meridith will call you to confirm the details. If you would prefer to provide this information by phone, you can call Meridith at 918.494.7088, or email her by clicking here.