There are literally over 31,000 verses in the bible! So how do you choose the best verse for a baptism? Maybe you’re looking for a fitting bible verse to include in a christening card, or maybe a bible verse for an adults baptism card. Either way we’ve got you covered!
The most popular bible verse I’ve seen in christening cards is from Mark 10:14 “Let the children come to me; because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” This bible verse is very fitting for a baby or child’s baptism as it focuses especially on God’s love of children.
Let’s look at some other bible verses that are fitting for baptism. Below is a list of 10 of the best bible verses I could find that would add a really meaningful message to a christening card, or a baptism card for a teenager or adult. Note that a christening is the ceremony where a baby is baptised.
Best Bible Verses for a Christening Card
These are the best bible verses I’ve found for a baby or child’s baptism card:
- Mark 10:14 “Let the children come to me; because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
- Isaiah 40:11 “Like a shepherd, he will care for his flock, gathering the lambs in his arms, hugging them as he carries them”
- Ephesians 5:1-2 “Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love.”
This verse above from Ephesisans would be good in a teenager or adult’s baptism card too.
- Psalm 78:7 “Know the truth and tell the stories so your children can trust in God”.
This verse from Psalms is more suitable if the card is addressed to the parents of the child being baptised.
Best Bible Verses for Adult or Teenager Baptism Card
I haven’t actually seen many baptism cards for adults, but as I’ve read through the bible I’ve noted verses that had a special impact on me. I’ve revisited these and picked out the best ones to use for adult or teenager baptism. Most of the verses focus on faith or the Spirit, 2 essential elements for baptism and life going forward.
- Ephesians 4:30 “His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself.”
- Galatians 3:25 “By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God.”
- Galatians 4:6 “God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, so now we can rightly speak of God as our dear Father.”
- Galatians 3:11 “The person who believes God, is set right by God – and that’s the real life.”
- 1 Timothy 4:12 “Teach with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.”
- Galatians 5:16 “Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit.”
Wow, you can tell Galatians was a favourite book of mine! Many inspiring verses are in that book!
Where and How to Include a Bible Verse in a Baptism card
The most common place to include a bible verse in a baptism card is inside the card on the lefthand side, either centred or at the bottom.
Generally bible verses are written with the verse inside quotation marks and then book, chapter and verse reference at the end.
An Intriguing Way to Include a Bible Verse In a Card
Once I received a card that just had the book, chapter and verse and said something like “this one is for you”. This really intrigued me and encouraged me to go and find my bible to look up the verse for myself to see what it said. I thought this was such a good idea as it encouraged me to go and get my bible out and actually read it. It also put the verse in context as I could read what was said before and after the verse and helped me to remember it better and mark it for later!
This is also a great idea if you want to share more than just a short verse. Just make sure you go and read the surrounding verses first to make sure they’re fitting and won’t make the recipient feel like you’re implying that they’re doing something wrong!
Psalm 119 is a great one to include in this way. It’s one of my favourite chapters. It’s a super long chapter (176 verses!) so it’s perfect for writing the reference for the recipient to look up themselves.
Or make it personal and include a reference to one of your favourite bible verses in the baptism card for the recipient to look up and read.
Do you Write a Christening Card to the Baby or Parents?
If you are writing a christening card for a 3 month old, they obviously won’t be able to read it yet, but they will one day (assuming the parents keep the cards). The best choice is to write the christening card to whom you feel most comfortable, either the baby, the parents or both. If you are a godparent then it is a good idea to write directly to the baby as you are establishing a special relationship with the child.
I’ve noticed an interesting trend in who people generally send christening cards to, see the full post here.
What to Write in a Baptism Card
Writing in a baptism card is different from most other cards, for birthdays you normally write ‘Happy Birthday’, for weddings ‘Congratulations’, but both of those don’t seem quite right for a baptism.
A common and lovely thing to write in a baptism card is “We are so happy to celebrate your baptism with you”. You might also want to wish the newly baptised person love and joy in their life, or something similar. It’s important to write from your heart using words that you would normally speak. This makes the message extra meaningful and special to the recipient.
For more meaningful ideas on what to write in a baptism card to your godchild, grandchild, niece or nephew see the helpful guide I’ve written here.
How to Include a Bible Verse on a Baptism Gift
A really special way to make a baptism gift meaningful is to include a bible verse on the gift. This can be done through engraving, stitching, or just writing it on. Or it could be choosing a gift that already has an appropriate verse on it.
Adding the child’s name also makes a gift super special to the child. Of all the gifts my children have received, the ones that are most special to them are the ones that have been personalised with their names.
For some meaningful and unique baptism gift ideas that can be personalised see the following articles I’ve written:
Other great baptism gift ideas that include a bible verse can be found at:
Bible Verse for Confirmation or First Holy Communion Card
If you are writing a card for someone’s confirmation or first holy communion (generally aged 10-14) you could use any of the bible verses listed under Best Bible Verses for Adult or Teenager Baptism Card above.
Hopefully you’ve found an inspiring bible verse above to add extra meaning to your card/gift.