How are you? How is your week going?
This past Sunday, we were able to witness two people be baptized. Because of this special event, I want to take some time and talk about it.
Westminster Confession of Faith describes baptism as the following:
1. Baptism is a sacrament of the new testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, not only for the solemn admission of the party baptized into the visible church; but also, to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, of his ingrafting into Christ, of regeneration, of remission of sins, and of his giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to walk in newness of life. Which sacrament is, by Christ’s own appointment, to be continued in his church until the end of the world.
Baptism reminds us that we are under the covenant of grace (which is why we baptize infants), are united to Christ, have a new heart, are forgiven of our sins, and have a new life. It’s a beautiful reminder of God’s irresistible grace and abundant mercy.
This past Sunday, we celebrated the baptisms of our dear brother and sister. We rejoice in the work that God has accomplished in their hearts and lives, and we look forward to the ways that God will work in and through them as members of this church.
In addition to that, let’s be reminded of the salvation we have in Christ. We have been forgiven. We have been made new. Guilt no longer haunts us. Sin no longer has power over us.
New Life, may you remember the salvation you have in Christ. Remember that you have been baptized in Him both inside and out. And live in the newness of life!
See you on Sunday for Lord’s Day Worship. Continue to pray for one another!
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