We have two sacraments in the church, which are physical signs of God’s love, care and forgiveness. The first is baptism, by which people receive the promises of forgiveness and the resurrection to eternal life. In baptism, water and God’s word come together to reveal God’s grace. A person need only be baptized once, because it is not a human work, but a promise from God. Infants, children, or adults may be baptized at any point in life. It’s never too late.
When infants and children are baptized, parents and sponsors are asked to make these promises on their behalf.
“to live with them among God’s faithful people,
bring them to the word of God and the holy supper,
teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments,
place in their hands the holy scriptures,
and nurture them in faith and prayer.”
These promises are made so that:
“your children may learn to trust God,
proclaim Christ through word and deed,
care for others and the world of God made,
and work for justice and peace.”
Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Holy Baptism liturgy, p. 228