Secondly, a Sacrament is something that involves God’s action. In baptism, it is not the individual that is really doing anything. Neither the pastor nor the person being baptized are really in charge. Instead, it is God that is moving and acting. That is why we baptize infants. Baptism has nothing to do with the ability of the infant to understand what is going on. It has everything to do with the grace that God infuses into that infants life.
Thirdly, baptism is not repeatable. Some denominations allow for re-baptism. Some require it if you wish to join their church. In these instances, baptism is seen as a response on the part of the person. I come to know Jesus and I want to be baptized. In some churches it is seen as the way to membership. In both these cases, the focus shifts away from God and onto the person being baptized and a decision that he or she is making. It becomes a decision made by the individual rather than a grace filled action in which God is doing something.
I hope that these brief words have helped you to understand a United Methodist view of baptism. I think that it is very important for us to consider baptism and its role in making us stronger disciples. If you have any questions, then give me a call. I’d love to talk to you about this important Sacrament of the church.