Sunday was a very incredible day for our family. John had the privilege and honor of baptizing all three of our sons with the grandparents and our wonderful church family as witnesses. Josiah became a believer in Christ at the tender age of 4. Sam has been a Christian for almost 5 years and Caleb asked Jesus into his heart this last March (on my birthday! oh yeah, the best gift. EVER.) We do believe baptism should follow as closely as possible to the time of conversion, as the New Testament examples do. The delay was partly from our out-of-state move and subsequent church search but also because our oldest two were so young when they first prayed the salvation prayer. We chose to wait until they truly understood the significance of this act of obedience and could choose it for themselves. This day was so incredible, especially to have it take place on Pentecost Sunday when we celebrate the original gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church.
Isaiah 54:13 “And all your sons will be taught of the Lord, and the well-being of your sons will be great.”
Here is a short explanation on baptism, for any who may not be familiar with it:
A Study on Christian Baptism
Who is to be Baptized? The person who has faith in Jesus.
Mark 16:15,16 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.Acts 8:34-3734 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”
The person who has come to a conviction of sin and wants the free gift of salvation that God provides.
Acts 2:37-3937 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
What does baptism symbolize? Death, burial and resurrection!
Romans 6:44 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Colossians 2:11,1211 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
New birth in Christ.
John 3:55 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit
What are the purposes of baptism? For the forgiveness of sins.
Acts 2:3838 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 22:1616 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.
Mark 16:1616 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 1 Peter 3:21,22 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
To Be Identified with Christ.
Romans 6:33 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Galatians 3:26-2926 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
To receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:3838 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”.
To be obedient to Christ’s command.
Matthew 28:18-2018 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Acts 10:47,48Then Peter said, 47 “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.