That is definitively what water baptism is - an act of devotion. This Sunday we will celebrate the baptisms of several from our congregation, but before that happens, during worship, we will look more closely at the Bible and what is said about baptism.
As Christians, we participate in two God-ordained ordinances that celebrate what the Lord has done for us: The first is Communion (The Lord’s Supper), and the second is Water Baptism. Communion is celebrated on an ongoing basis and baptism as a once-in-a-lifetime act.
Once a person turns to Christ for salvation some step must be taken to proclaim they are now a follower of Jesus and baptism is that step. I am convinced that baptism is important because, as I read New Testament, as far as I know, every convert was baptized, with the exception of the thief on the cross. I am not aware of an unbaptized believer (look at the illustrations in Acts 2, 8, 9, and 16).
Jesus commanded all His followers to prove their decision to follow Him by publicly demonstrating that in baptism. Among His final words was this universal command, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)
I am so proud that Haley and Nathan are taking this step. They are to be commended as they follow the Lord. I hope you will come to the home of Michael and Jenni Hays and support them as they publicly testify their faith in Jesus and are baptized.
Following the baptisms, we will enjoy a church-wide fellowship. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the time together.
You are loved in the Lord.