Out with the Old, In with the New


Thursday, August 24, 2017


One of my favorite things to participate in as a pastor is when we have water baptisms. It is a joyful time, a time of celebration, and a time when we get to hear the amazing stories of what God is doing in and through His people that call Calvary Home. I still remember when I got baptized, for the second time. You see, I also got baptized as a baby, but I don't remember this occasion. I was just months old. However, I do remember the second time. I was twelve and was attending a Baptist church. On the Sunday of my baptism, I remember wearing a white robe and walking into the baptismal where the pastor was waiting. It's a day that will forever be imprinted in my mind. I know it will be the same for those of you that will get baptized on September 3rd. It will be a day you will always remember as the day you put away the old and put on the new. 

Here at Calvary, we practice baptism by immersion in water, which is the way Jesus was baptized and the way it is described in the Bible. (Mark 1:9-10). When we celebrate baptism and when you decide to get baptized you are following the example set by Jesus, and you are also demonstrating your changed life. This is my favorite part, to hear how God has changed people. I remember when I was baptized and I remember thinking all the “junk” that was washed away from me when I came up from the water. When we take the “plunge” we are also declaring our commitment to follow Jesus publicly. That is why we say that baptism declares publicly what has happened privately.

We are not talking about religious ritual or church tradition here. We are mainly talking about Jesus Christ and his magnificent work of salvation in dying for our sins and rising for our justification. Talking about baptism means talking about how Jesus taught us to express our faith in Jesus and His great salvation.

We believe that baptism is an ordinance of the Lord by which those who have repented and come to faith, express their union with Christ in His death and resurrection, by being immersed in water in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is a sign of belonging to the new people of God, and an emblem of burial and cleansing, signifying death to the old life of unbelief, and purification from the pollution of sin.

If you're ready to take this next step in your walk with God, make sure to register for our upcoming baptisms on September 3rd. We look forward to being a part of this experience with you!

 

 

 

Author:

JP


 

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