From this Scripture, we believe that God has chosen you as a son or daughter before you ever choose to follow Jesus. In the Methodist church, baptism is an outward sign of God’s grace. We know this specific type of grace as “prevenient grace.” This a grace that you can’t earn or deserve. It works in your life before you are ever aware of it.
Because of prevenient grace, we are open, accepting, and even encouraging of baptizing infants and children. The baptism of children is our way of saying that they are included in this body of Christ and we will love and support them through their faith journey, even before they are old enough to respond with their own confirmation. It’s a beautiful sacrament that embraces the mystery of God’s love and grace for us.