Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 12:33PM
This Sunday we will take a short look at water baptism and then later in the day baptize two young men of our congregation.
Our official church position states this about baptism, “We believe that baptism by water is the symbol of one's union by faith with Christ in death, burial, and resurrection, and constitutes the public confession of these spiritual realities to the world and is the answer of a good conscience toward God. Baptism is therefore to be administered by immersion to those who have been born again by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and who give evidence of the genuineness of their salvation.”
The saying goes like this, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Water baptism is mentioned in the Bible using pictures. Did you know that? For instance:
- 1 Peter 3:20-21 - Starting a New Life
- 1 Corinthians 10:1 - Leaving Bondage into Freedom
- Colossians 2:11-13 - Refusing to Obey the Sinful Nature
- Romans 6:1-12 - Complete surrender
These four pictures summarize baptism - starting with a new life and ending with complete surrender to the Lord. Does this summarize your life?
Did you also know that there are no undocumented conversions in the early Church that were not followed by water baptism? Baptism was a high priority for the new believers then and should be today!
Please join us this Sunday for a great time of worship followed by a time of fellowship and water baptisms. It is going to be a great day!
You are deeply loved!