Do you have anything in your life that you’ve been putting off? You know, something you keep saying to yourself, “Someday I’ll get to it”? It can be as simple as cleaning out your garage, washing the car, or giving away the clothes that no longer fit. It can also be as serious as getting your finances in order or securing a last will and testament.
In my conversations with
many Christians, one of the things I often hear is, “Baptism, oh yeah. I’ll get
around to it one of these days.”
I encourage you not to wait
any longer. Be baptized at our next baptism on Sunday, October 8th. It begins
by contacting my assistant, Kylie,
at the church office.
Below are some helpful
things to remember about water baptism. Remember, Jesus said it was part of the
mission of the church in terms of making disciples.
“Therefore, go and make
disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the
Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the
commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to
the end of the age.” --Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT)
What is baptism? Baptism is
an act of obedience to God that publically professes the new life that is given
to a person when they trust in Christ as their Savior. Through baptism, being
immersed in water is symbolic of being identified with Christ’s death (and
putting to death what the Bible calls the “old nature”). When a person is raised
up from the water, this is symbolic of being identified with the “new life”
that is found in having a personal relationship with Christ through the power
of the Holy Spirit.
Why should I be baptized?
Most importantly, a believer should be baptized out of obedience to God’s
command. Baptism is also the means through which a believer
publicly professes that he/she is now a follower of Christ. Through
baptism, the believer is also following Christ’s example. In Mark 1:9, we read
“… Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.”
Is baptism necessary for
salvation? Baptism does not make you a follower of Christ, nor does it
guarantee your eternal destiny in heaven. Baptism is like a wedding ring- it is
the outward symbol of an inward commitment that you have made.
Don’t let baptism fall prey
to the “I’ll get around to it someday” trap. Act today and call the church
Mark "The Bru" Brunott
P.S. Come this Sunday at
9:15 or 11:00 as we walk through that last topic of the series ‘Is it okay for
a Christian to…?’ This Sunday will be one of the harder topics in our series,
‘Is it okay for a Christian to attend a gay wedding?’