Christ commanded us to baptize, and throughout Scripture there are many places where it talks about the significant role of baptism in a person’s life. Here’s what we believe and teach at LifeBridge:
We believe that baptism is appropriate for all ages, from infants through the elderly. When a person is old enough to intellectually understand the message of Jesus, they should first be taught and then, when they profess a belief in Jesus Christ, be baptized. But, we also believe that God works in even the littlest of hearts. Though they cannot yet understand or proclaim a belief in Jesus, the Bible teaches that even infants can have faith (Mark 10:14-15). Therefore, we gladly baptize those who will continue to be raised in a Christian environment where that faith can be nurtured and grown.
The Bible teaches that a person should be baptized with water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Throughout Christianity there have been a variety of methods of baptizing (immersing, pouring, sprinkling on the head, etc.) Believing that God is more concerned with the heart than with following exact forms, we baptize using any of these appropriate methods of baptism. Once a person has been baptized into the Christian faith, there is no need or reason to be baptized again.