Through Baptism, we are regenerated, made alive in Christ, a new creation.<quoted text>
Amen. When we baptize, the baptized are given white garments to represent being clothed in him. They also become part of the Kingdom of God.
That is one of many reasons we baptize babies because Jesus says children belong to the Kingdom, let the children come to me, and Baptism belongs to your children and those for away, their children, their children's children.
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit (John 3: 5)
1 Peter 3: 20, 21 baptism is connected with the resurrection, and so brings out the truth of regeneration.
Baptism is also called "the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit," for it signifies and actually brings about the birth of water and the Spirit without which no one "can enter the kingdom of God."(Titus 3:5)
Baptism is of faith (Mark 16:16). It is only within the faith of the Church that each of the faithful can believe. The faith required for Baptism is not a perfect and mature faith, but a beginning that is called to develop and grow to maturity.
When Peter came to Cornelius, he baptized his whole family, including the children.
For the promise is for you and for -your children- and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself(Acts 2:39).
In Acts 16:14, we read about a woman, named Lydia who responds to Pauls teaching and, subsequently she, and -her entire household- is baptized.
For Abraham, the sign follows faith, but for his son, Isaac, the sign precedes all understanding (21:4). We infer from this, that an individuals willingness to agree to the covenant terms is not a prerequisite for membership in the covenant community. We can safely infer, from Genesis 17, that an individual may enter the covenant through the faith of another.