One of my earliest childhood memories of church was a pastor walking down the aisle, exhorting us to “remember the waters of our baptism.” “Remember the waters?” I asked myself quizzically. “How can you remember water?” He then proceeded to splash everyone with water, which as a young child simultaneously delighted and confused me.
Why should we think about baptism? When a person is baptized, there’s so much more to it than the water. Baptism symbolizes how through faith in Christ, we‘ve become “clothed” with Him (Galatians 3:27). Or in other words, it’s celebrating that we belong to Jesus and that…
I’ve finally made up my mind to attend a baptism class; no one coerced me into doing it. A series of events over the past five years, and especially in recent months, have assured me of my faith and now, 30 years on, I’m ready to publicly declare it.
Michael wanted to be baptized. At first his father had reservations about this because Michael is autistic. Autism is a developmental disability that affects a person’s social interaction and communication skills.
There was no question that 35-year-old Michael had trusted Jesus for salvation, and the church leadership enthusiastically approved his baptism. But he would have to stand in front of the entire congregation.
Throughout history, water baptism has been widely regarded as a symbolic entry into the church, yet there are many different views on how it should be practiced. In this booklet, author and former pastor Bill Crowder shares insights from Scripture regarding the history and meaning of baptism. Gain clarity on the importance of baptism today and what can be agreed upon by all who practice it.
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8).
IDEA: You’re not the person you used to be, therefore you can never handle life as you used to handle it.
PURPOSE: To help listeners realize that when God calls us to something, he also calls us away from something.
Did Abraham simply leave Ur of the Chaldees?
Did it ever seem strange to you that Jesus called his disciples to follow him and they did?
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