Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thirsty Thursdays: Baptism


Baptism: a ceremonial immersion in water, or application of water, as an initiatory rite or sacrament of the Christian church; an act, experience, or ordeal by which one is purified, sanctified, initiated, or named. I’m sure we’ve just about all seen or heard about someone getting baptized whether it’s been in real life or on a show/movie etc. The person gets dipped in water and is pulled back up. It may not seem like much but there is a lot that goes into it.

“4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.” Mark 1:4-5. When one decides to get baptized many decisions and realizations are made. One must accept that he/she is a sinner in need of salvation. No one is perfect we were all born into sin. We must also come to terms that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and he died for our sins, was buried and resurrected.  In addition repentance is necessary. Acknowledge your sins, ask God for forgiveness and believe in faith that you will be cleansed from your sins and forgiven through Jesus Christ.

The act itself of being baptized is extremely symbolic. Being dipped into the water is symbolic of death, no longer being a slave to sin and being buried. When taken out of the water is symbolic of our resurrection, being born again, a new life cleansed of sin.  Being baptized not only is a public display of your pledge to God but even more so a personal acknowledgement of devotion to the Lord. Baptism shows your willingness to accept that you are sinner who has repented of your sins. It is confirmation that you believe in faith that through Jesus you will be forgiven, and will turn away from sinful ways. It is a pledge to be obedient and live a lifetime for Christ. Baptism reflects a true desire to do his will and commitment to live righteously. If you have not already been baptized and would like to be talk with a pastor or write us for more information. Are you ready for a new life?
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