Baptism is a momentous decision in the life of a believer. Through the immersion in the water, we join the family of faith and announce our commitment to Christ. Most Christians make the decision to be baptized in childhood. Confirmation is the process that some other children go through. Their parents decided to baptize them earlier in their life, and now they are stepping up to affirm that decision.
For both, this is an essential time for not just going through a ritual but taking ownership of their faith life. Not that any of us own Jesus, but instead we are committing to an active relationship. In some way, children are following their parents who follow Jesus. They are along for the ride.
At some point – they have to grow up and intentionally build a relationship with Jesus themselves. No one can worship, pray, or study for them. They have to practice these spiritual disciplines themselves.
A Baptism Gift that Equips for the Journey
Our privilege and responsibility as the Christians in their lives is to give them great tools to encourage this growing intentional and direct relationship with God.
Below are some various reminders and tools to consider to mark the momentous occasion of Baptism or Confirmation. These ideas are great for children and even better for adults.
Baptism Gift: Memory Ideas
- Chalice & Patent (These are the fancy names for the special cup & bread plate at communion.)
- Embroidered handkerchief to use later at a wedding, etc.
- A letter of blessing
Baptism Gift: Bible Studies
Bible Studies for the Younger Set (3rd – 6th grade)
For the younger set (3rd – 6th grade), I highly recommend the Discover 4 Yourself Inductive Bible Studies for Kids Series by Kay Arthur. The books are engaging and easy to read. The theology and teaching are solid. But do you want to know the best part? Your children can easily do these on their own!
Bible Studies for the Older Set (7th & up)
For other students and adults, I recommend Katie Orr’s Focused 15 studies. When someone is new to Bible study, you don’t want to feel overwhelmed establishing this new habit. These Bible studies really can be done in 15 minutes! If we can make it easy for someone to start a habit, then hopefully they will keep at it! Learn more about the Focused15 Method. (Reading your Bible at least four times a week is so important for discipleship. Check out the first in a three-part series with Major Faith Impact of Doing This Four Times a Week.
Baptism Gift: Bible Study Tools
- Study Bible
- Bible Study markers
- Cover and carrier for their Bible
- Bible Dictionary
Baptism Gift: Prayer Resources
- Prayer cross
- Worship CDs
Baptism Gift: Christian Books
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know by Wayne & Elliot Grudem
- Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell
- The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (Case for … Series) by Lee Strobel
- Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ by Ravi Zacharias & Vince Vitale
Baptism Gift: Mentorship Dates
- Baptism is a destination, but the beginning of a journey. We need training get us off to the right start with the right habits. Intentional mentorship is a great way to build upon the commitment they have just made. Think of it link coaching to lay a foundation of proper habits, accountability, and learning conversations.
Let the journey begin!
Baptism is a journey. What tools can we use to help new Christian form good habits, have a solid theological foundation, and be courageous in their faith? Too many Christians are lukewarm in living out their faith. The world needs Christians who live faithfully and boldly as Christ’s hands and feet in the world. In baptism, the seed is planted. Use these excellent resources and ideas to help make the soil of fresh faith a fertile place to grow.