Tuesday, October 21, 2014

31 for 21: Teaching Baptism

Blogging 31 for 21 continues with Teaching Tuesday:

Today, I will teach you how I taught Jaycee- an 8 year old sign language using non-verbal child with Down syndrome- about baptism.

My steps:
1. I guess it goes without saying that the first step was to live out our Christian faith. We go to church every Sunday unless there is an illness or she's in isolation for a medical reason. We listen to Christian music. We pray together. We talk about God. When she's sick, we pray for her. At Christmas and Easter, we really talk about what that means. Basically, I think the first step was to set the foundation for years.

2. When baptizing became an idea, I understood that many Christians believe salvation is the precursor. So, for months off and on, I would say things to Jaycee like, "God loves you. He sent his son Jesus to die for you. Do you love God? Do you believe in Jesus?" Basically, I asked her simple questions and talked about the essential salvation points. Sometimes, she would do her grunt for yes and sometimes she would say nothing. I had these little conversations here and there for months. Jaycee cannot talk. Therefore, she cannot say a traditional prayer of salvation.

3. After some time, I talked to our pastor about baptizing Jaycee. We came up with a plan that we were all comfortable. Instead of getting baptized during a service, we would do Jaycee after the service by herself. This way Jaycee could take her time and have her family close to her. With a tentative date in mind, I worked on these next steps.

4. I wrote out a book for Jaycee that hit the major beliefs Christians have, why someone gets baptized, and what happens in a baptism. There was nothing fancy about it. But, I know Jaycee learns from repetition, and I have used books like this in the past to teach other things. It's a good strategy for her. She liked the book. We read it regularly.

5. Next, it was time to bring in youtube. There's several videos there of people getting baptized. We watched some of these. We even watched a video clip of Jesus getting baptized. Jaycee enjoyed the videos, and I explained what was happening as we watched them.
Elijah said, "Jaycee, this looks scary."  He didn't help my cause!
6. The final step was to practice in water. I wasn't too worried about this step because Jaycee loves swimming and water. But, I wanted her to practice sitting in the bathtub filled with water and leaning back. I never took her head completely under the water. I did dunk her enough to get her hair wet but I didn't want to scare her by taking her nose and mouth underwater. I didn't feel that part was important since she just had to have that part done officially once. She tolerated the bathtub practice just fine. In fact, she liked doing it. She would gesture for me to baptize her again.
So you might be wondering, how did Jaycee do after all that preparation?

Just fine!  She did it with no problems! She was a pro!
Sunday, October 19th was a day to celebrate!!

1 comment:


    2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God....(NKJV)

    There are many who view water baptism as non-essential in becoming saved from the penalty of sin.

    Is water baptism essential for salvation or did God misspeak?

    Colossians 2:11-13 ...by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, (NKJV)

    Did God misspeak when He said you were dead in your trespasses before you were buried in baptism?

    Did God misspeak when He said through faith and baptism our trespasses were forgiven?

    Ephesians 5:25-27 ...just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. (NKJV)

    Did God misspeak when He said Jesus sanctified, cleansed, and made the church holy and without blemish with the washing of water by the word?

    Romans 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.(NKJV)

    Did God misspeak when He said we should walk in newness of life after being buried in baptism? If baptism is not essential then why not walk in a new life before being baptized in water?

    Romans 6:6 know this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. (NKJV)

    Did God misspeak when He said our old sinful nature was done away with when we were buried with Christ in baptism?

    Was our sinful natured destroyed before baptism? No, it was not.

    Before water baptism we were slaves to sin.

    Mark 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved..(NKJV)

    Did God misspeak when He said believe and be baptized in order to be saved?

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.....(NKJV)

    Did God misspeak when He said repent and be immersed in water in order to have your sins forgiven?

    Acts 22:16 And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.' (NKJV)

    Did God misspeak when He told Saul to be baptized in water to wash away his sins?

    1 Peter 3:21 There is also an antitype which now saves us, namely baptism (not the removal of filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, (NKJV)

    Did God misspeak when He said baptism now saves us?

    Galatians 3:26-27......27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (NKJV)

    Did God misspeak when He said believers in Christ are baptized into Christ?

    Every word Of Scripture come from God the Father.

    Has God misspoken concerning water baptism and salvation or has man misunderstood, rejected, or ignored God's teaching.

    Is it possible that men reject God's teaching about water baptism due to their own pride? No one likes admitting they are wrong.

    Satan was expelled from heaven because of his pride.

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