Joey's Baptism: A Guide to Prepare Children For Their Own Baptism
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Written by Edna Davidsen ∴ Friday, May 5, 2017, updated February 6, 2018
Water Baptism For Children Who Are Christians
Today I call to mind Joey's Baptism: A Guide to Prepare Children For Their Own Baptism by Robert Favero. It’s a Christian book online I recommend Christian parents and Sunday School teachers. The book provides ideas how to explain salvation and baptism to kids in an enjoyable way. I had the following idea when I prepared how to start an online Christian bookstore. I would devote some time and space on this website to introduce products related to Christian teenagers and children.
Why is Baptism Confusing for Kids?
The baptism faith article confuses many children. As grown-up Christians, we have learned baptism is the crucifixion and resurrection symbol. When children lay eyes on a person placed under water in baptism, it’s a symbol of what Jesus did for our salvation. Timothy Pollard from Lifeway says:
When talking about baptism with children, help them understand that baptism is not salvation.
I like this aspect of R. Favero’s book. It gives the basics and avoids complicated discussions about the relation between baptism and salvation. I include Timothy Pollard’s argument about why he thinks baptism is not salvation though because this is a question many Christian dwell upon:
“If this were the case, Jesus Himself would have no need for baptism as recorded in Matthew 3:13-17. John the Baptist baptised Jesus as our example. Baptism is a confession before others, of what Jesus did for our salvation.”
Talking to kids about baptism is substantial. Christian entrepreneurship should cast light on this topic. Explaining a seven-year-old baptism is a challenge without proper techniques. Teaching the seven-year-old to take in and use abstract language to verbalise the baptism idea requires tools. I want to be among those Christian women entrepreneurs who help people overcome this challenge. R. Favero’s book gives Christian parents and their children a tool so they can talk about what baptism symbolises.
Baptism is a complex idea. Children need help to develop a language that empowers them to talk about baptism.
Baptism Explained Simply
In Joey's Baptism, the children's author and Bible teacher give exclusive tips on teaching children baptism. Robert Favero expresses the story through joey’s eyes. Joey is a young brown haired Christian. When Joey sees the church pastor perform baptism, it confuses him. To come to terms with what baptism means, he asks his grandfather: “I want to know about baptism. Can you explain it to me?” The grandfather is pleased to help. Children who pick up this story identify with Joey straight away because of the dialogue between Joey and his grandfather. The connections between the children Bible stories and Joey’s thoughts in this narration are a plus. They create a potential for the reader to identify with what they know about baptism and the Bible. Sunday school teachers can take advantage of the story about how Jesus is baptised as an introduction to this parenting product. Tie it up with Matthew 28:19-20 where we read:
This bible verse is about baptism but without knowing what it means to baptise the children will be confused. That’s why learning about Christian baptism, what it means, its purpose and how it’s practised should be part of raising our children. When the children have learned about baptism – its meaning and significance they’ll share what they understand with their friends. Children learn best from other kids.
By educating children about baptism we prepare them to share this complex idea much more efficient than we can do because children learn best from other kids.
What is Baptism?
Joey's Baptism: A Guide to Prepare Children For Their Own Baptism is more about general baptism than about baby christening. A christening is the beginning of a journey. It’s our job to lend our children a hand, so they discover more about Christian faith and what does being a Christian mean. A benefit of Robert Favero’s product is it’s already set-up for Children. Of the seven sacraments and their symbols, baptism is one all Christians agree on. Regardless what Christian church we belong to, we all share the baptism sacrament. It’s a strength of the book that it focuses on the similarities among Christians rather than the divergences. When I read up on the material for this blog post I found an interesting article about the Bible’s seven baptisms: Here’s a summary:
The Bible’s Seven Baptisms
1. The baptism to Moses (1 Corinthians 10:1–3) About how the Israelites were baptised and set free from Egypt’s slavery. 2. The baptism of John (Mark 1:4) About how John baptised his followers in the Jordan river. 3. The baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13–17) About how Jesus got baptised by John the Baptist. 4. The baptism of fire (Matthew 3:11–12) About how John prophesied that Jesus would baptise men with fire. 5.The baptism of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13) About how we were all baptised into one Spirit. 6. The baptism of the cross (Mark 10:35–39) About how Jesus talks about His cross-sufferings while referring to baptism. 7. The baptism of believers (Matthew 28:19) About how water baptism cleans us. Good Sunday school teachers are capable of teaching what water baptism is. With this book, it can also be a natural part of Christian parenting at home. When we talk about Christian baptism with any further information, we refer to the baptism of believers. I’ve included the list above to show that baptism – its meaning and significance is a topic with many aspects. The dialogue between Joey and his grandfather helps to simplify the baptism meaning and purpose so children understand the issue. The author divides Joey's Baptism into baptism lesson plans we can go through with our kids to explore the topic: What is baptism?
I would plan to go through the material one chapter per week. Then it would take five weeks to complete the book.
I connect with Christians worldwide through this online Christian bookstore business. I appreciate the opportunity to influence other Christians when I represent https://OurChristianBook.com and I love to share eye-opening icebreakers facts about Christianity. I use them as conversation-starters when I address non-believers.
Five Fast Facts about Christianity
1. Christianity is the world's largest religion, with more than 2.4 billion followers, about 33% of the global population. 2. The largest branches of Christianity are the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the various denominations of Protestantism. 3. At least 30 countries severely persecute Christianity. 4. Antarctica has seven Christian churches. 5. Early Christians were called "atheists" by Romans as they didn't pay tribute to the pagan gods. Some time ago I wrote the blog post Bible Verses about Worry. I mixed Bible verses when stressed and worried with the question about whether Christians should worry? I get the point why concerns accompany so many Christians when I reflect on fact number three about how at least 30 countries persecute Christians. I know the political reasons behind these persecutions are out of my hands, but what I CAN do is appreciate the FREEDOM and POSSIBILITIES I have. Anyway, back to Robert Favio’s book review.
Water Baptism or the Baptism of Believers
The National Academies Press publishes more than 200 books a year. They’ve also published an article about how children learn. It’s pointful to consider as we want to use the leading methods, also when we enlighten our children about Jesus and the Christian baptism sacrament. The article expounds different psychological studies about how children learn and says: “Although these theories differed in important ways, they shared an emphasis on considering children as active learners who can set goals, plan, and revise. Children are seen as learners who assemble and organise material.” Robert Favio activates Joey's Baptism’s reader/listeners. The children and the parents become active learners in this book. The book is a mix of stories, physical activities and creative thinking. Joey is an active learner. The grandfather knows how to teach a child about Jesus. He’s a positive fundamentalist Christian. He knows how to activate Joey, so he learns best what it means to be a baptised Christian. Without saying too much, I can say it involves plenty of WATER 🙂 It’s by being active Joey and Children assemble and organise the material. The book is among those Christian parenting books bringing the Christian family together around a fun learning experience about what it means being a Christian. The author divides the book’s physical activities into two groups for: A: Older children and the parents. B: Younger children. R. Favio family-activates combined with stories and stimulating questions turn this product into a fun family-learning experience. The first four chapters follow this structure. The fifth chapter involves the children in an even higher degree than the first four chapters. Chapter five asks the listeners to write what they’ve learned from the book. I want www.OurChristianBook.com to be one of those Christian parenting blogs people appreciate. The best way I do that is by having high-quality material on how to teach your children about God available. I know it’s a huge responsibility to run parenting websites and find valuable content about how to raise a child up in the way of the Lord. But I’m pleased to point you to Joey's Baptism: A Guide to Prepare Children For Their Own Baptism because I rest assured it’ll bring value to your Children’s faith.
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