Editorial. 6.8.2017. Baptism – is it a joke?

 noticeboard

Recently this sign appeared on a local church noticeboard:

Church parking only. Violators will be baptised.

Yes, it probably shows that the church can have a sense of humour but there is a much more serious side to baptism than that.

Jesus said, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16 

Peter wrote:  God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. 1 Peter 3:20,21 

We believe that we must be baptised by full immersion in water at a time when we are ready to confess our faith and our intention to change our life by following Jesus and endeavouring to love God with all our “heart, soul, mind and strength”. (Mark 12:30) Jesus’ death and resurrection has enabled us to experience forgiveness for those things we have done which are not acceptable to God. In baptism we identify with Jesus as stated in Romans 6:

We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into hisdeath? 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. 

If this has made you think more about baptism, you might like to continue reading the rest of Romans 6. You can also click on our current meditation, ”Devoted Lives”.

 

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