Romans 6:1-6—“…should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.”
You might have been baptized as a baby by your parents as a way for them to show that they were going to raise you up in the Church. Maybe you were baptized because all your friends were doing it and you didn’t want to feel left out. But the Bible says that we need to be baptized because we’ve made the decision to trust in Christ and hand the control of our lives over to Him.
Baptism means that you’re identifying with a messenger’s message. For followers of Christ, it’s a way for us to announce to the world that we have put our pasts behind us and have been made completely new in Jesus! It’s a symbolic representation of the death of sin’s power in our lives and the new lives God has given to us.
There are Christians all over the world who have been baptized. Baptism unites the different people who make up the Church, no matter their culture, language, or even time period. It shows commitment by identifying with each other, saying that we will operate under God to spread His name to all people.
Baptism is one of the most significant steps we can take on our journey as followers of Christ, but it isn’t the end. Baptism can be a launching pad—you’ve announced that you are on God’s side, so get ready to roll up your sleeves and go into the world to make Christ’s name famous!
Celebrate with me the 79 people that joined God’s team this weekend, through baptism!
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