Something to Consider–Baptism

 

Something to Consider – Baptism

On the certificate at the beginning of this part of your journey there was a space for the date of your baptism. If you have not been baptized yet I want you to consider that as we conclude this first step.

What is Baptism

Nothing mystical or hidden happens during baptism. The miracle doesn’t take place in the water, it has already taken place when you made the decision to become a Christ follower and your sins were forgiven and you were granted citizenship in the kingdom of God. Baptism is an outward expression of what has happened in your life. It declares before the church, your family and friends, and anyone else watching, that you have started a new journey in your life, a journey with Jesus Christ as the center of your life.

Quite vividly your being baptized portrays the change that has taken place in your life, and it is one more way of remembering what Jesus did for us. Consider this passage from Romans:

Romans 6:3-4  Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

So, as you are baptized you set up a mile-marker in your life that identifies that you are on a new path, a new trail. I want you to consider being baptized. Speak with the pastor or your teacher about what is involved and how you can be baptized. The Lord Jesus set the example for us in his own baptism. (Matthew 3:13-17)

Jesus wants you to be willing to publicly declare your faith in Him. Later we will talk more about sharing your faith with others to help them join you on the trail. However, he wants us to talk about our faith in Him without fear or shame. (Matt. 10:32-33) Being baptized is one of the first steps a believer makes in declaring their faith in Jesus.

(to be continued)

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About bigdbentley

MEET DAVE "BIG D" BENTLEY - A MAN OF MANY HATS I wear a lot of hats in the course of my life. I wear the "husband hat" with my wife, Andie, whom I have been married to for 26 years. I wear the "daddy hat" with my children, Danielle and David, and their spouses, Micah and Tracie. I am privileged to don my "Papa hat" with my two gorgeous grand-daughters, Amaria and Jaydan, and my energetic grandson, Jethro. I wear the "pastor hat" with my church congregation in Wallingford, Vermont. I have served churches in West Virginia, Alabama, Florida and Vermont. In December of last year my wife and I accepted the call to serve in Wallingford, Vermont. In addition to this variety of caps, I am a student, attending Liberty University to receive a Masters in Teaching in Elementary Education as well as secondary Language Arts. My hobbies tend to revolve around my family, so they include, camping, traveling, playing board games, and spending time with them. In addition I enjoy reading, rainy days, listening to and playing worship songs, and cooking.

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