As N.C. Baptists prepare for Fill the Tank Sunday, Student Ministries Strategist Daniel Rose shares six helpful questions you can use to help make sure your children and students are ready for baptism.

With Fill the Tank Sunday coming soon, how can church leaders prepare to counsel kids and teenagers about baptism?

It’s important for leaders, as well as the children and teens, to be assured that those who want to be baptized have truly placed their faith in Jesus. We also don’t want to keep someone who is saved from baptism. Above all, we don’t want kids and students to believe baptism saves them, nor do we want them to misunderstand this important act. 

Each person and conversation are unique. Here are six questions and helpful talking points when counseling kids and students interested in baptism. 

1. Have you made a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ? 

The answer to this question, along with the others below, is of utmost importance. Personal repentance of sin, trust in Christ as the only One who can save you, and surrender to Him as Lord is the way a person enters into a relationship with God for eternity. 

2. What is the gospel? 

Don’t look for a word-perfect explanation. You may need to ask leading questions to find out what a student is thinking. Be careful to not explain it to them, but ask questions to help them verbalize their thoughts to you. 

See if they recognize these important points:

  • They are sinners.
  • They need a Savior, and they cannot save themselves. 
  • Jesus lived a perfect life, died for them and rose from the grave. 
  • They trust in Jesus alone to save them. 
  • They have surrendered their life to Him. 

3. What is baptism?

It’s a symbol – like a wedding band that we use to show that we’re in Christ. It’s something Christ commanded, so we follow in obedience. It doesn’t change our status with Jesus, no more than putting on a wedding band would make you married. It is often a first step of obedience to tell the world we follow Jesus. 

4. Why do you want to be baptized?

Listen for something centered around going public with their faith and making it their own. Be on the lookout for answers that hint at works-righteousness: “To have my sins forgiven;” “Because my parents want me to;” “Because I am supposed to.”

5. Do you believe that Jesus has done everything necessary to save you?

 “Are you sure Jesus is the only thing you’re trusting? You aren’t trusting your good works, like how much you read your Bible.” 

Many students would say, “I know Jesus died for my sins,” but when they talk about being a Christian, they explain their standing with God based on how they’re doing in those previously mentioned areas. This is self-righteousness. 

6. Do you promise to go where He calls you to go and do what He calls you to do?

“Are you sure you want Jesus to be the boss?” 

He must be both Savior and Lord. We want to make sure we give students ample time to think about that and make an informed decision. 

Join N.C. Baptists across the state as we commit to Fill the Tank. Learn more and commit to Fill the Tank Baptism Sunday by visiting fillthetanknc.org.