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Baptism Humor

By Charles Thorell

 

We had a baptism on June 28th in the sweltering summer heat of Sacramento. It was 114 degrees directly in the sun as the church congregation stood around the pool and sort of enviously watched the different people going under the cool water. My five year old son, Andrew, was watching everything unfold. The Bible says, “train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) Why, because they learn from us and are quick to adopt the language and actions around them.

Well Andrew was looking carefully as Pastor John was baptizing people. About two weeks later we were at home enjoying our pool when he decided to baptize his two-year old brother just like Pastor John had done. Isaac was not aware of what was about to happen, nor was he a willing participant and was quickly dunked by Andrew. I can definitely say Isaac was baptized by immersion for several seconds until Katerina and I realized what was going on and we told Andrew to let him up and he came up sputtering and none too happy about being put in the water.

I related this for you because our little ones are watching; they may not say a whole lot, but they see and hear everything. They’re like little sponges, and this is why the Bible admonishes us to train them up the right way, otherwise they will see through any hypocrisy and reject our instructions.

 

WATER BAPTISM ON 6/28/2009

 

Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ, obligatory upon every believer wherein they are immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit as a sign of their fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of giving themselves up to God to live and walk in newness of life.

The act of baptism does not save a person, but is rather an outward expression of the salvation that a Christian has already received; we are baptized in water because we are a Christian, not to become one.

"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." Romans 6:3-4


Volume 13, 2009