Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The Water's Fine

My brother Jeremiah got baptized last weekend. Sweeeeeeet! Here is what the bro had to say about it.

i've done went and got myself baptized last sunday. i'm a new feller now, out with the old and in with the new! ...maybe i'm not that different than just a few days ago. but in striving to be more like our King, Jesus, and in obedience to God's own Word, i reckoned it was time. i'd never been baptized before and i felt like God was telling me it was time. i reckon it's good to listen to God - if you had to listen to somebody. below i have enclosed some of the dialog that i had with some pastors at my church before i got baptized - including a brief testimony of faith. enjoy:

My understanding of baptism by water is as follows: Baptism by water is a metaphor that symbolizes the death of my old life and old ways (before acknowledging and submitting to God's will in my life) and the new resurrected life that now awaits me. Jesus was baptized in water by John, and afterwards God said that He was very pleased with Jesus. It is from the desire to follow and please Christ and in obedience to God's Word that I choose to be baptized in water.
I do not believe that baptism is in any way a ticket into Heaven. It is not a get out of jail free card. It does not magically wash away my sins - salvation through Christ and God's own Grace does that. Baptism is an announcement before the world that says, "I am no longer binded by, blinded by, nor will I be a slave to the sinful ways of this fallen world - I am now striving to live my life according to God's will that He has just for me." Baptism will not make my journey through this world exempt from pain, suffering, temptation, or hard times. If anything, it will make me a bigger prize target for the enemy; who better to tempt and try to drag down than a confessed believer and follower of Jesus Christ and God the Father. Therefore baptism at this age in my life is also a call for vigilance against the Devil. It is a cautious decision to strive for a deeper maturity in my relationship with Christ.

...and don't forget what Delmar said in O Brother - 'come on in boys, the water's fine!'