a baptism

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on Mother’s Day yesterday we had the privilege of baptizing Sophia!

before baptism

the day started a little frantic. it is hard getting to church on time {by myself since Husbuddy is already there} with a little 4 month old who decides to take an awesome nap and/or need a diaper change last minute! ha. but we made it and it was a beautiful service.

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i feel like i have to explain why we got her baptized. we have  friends who would question why we are baptizing our child before she has the opportunity to choose Jesus for herself. are we just doing it out of tradition? are we just doing it because we ourselves were infant baptized? we struggled with this during seminary and i wish that we had a definitive one sentence explanation but its a little more complicated than that.i’m afraid i’ll fail miserable to explain it but i’ll try to be brief.

showing off after

what infant baptism means to us:

  • first, it is NOT a means of salvation. we know that baptism is a sign and seal of God’s redeeming work in a person’s life. it is not a substitute for personal faith.
  • it is a sacrament that displays the covenant of Grace– i know, those are big words used by Husbuddy to explain that we are proclaiming God’s grace and work in her life. we, as finite, sinful human beings, do not choose God. in our sinfulness we won’t ever choose God on our own! it is only by the irresistible grace of God calling us by name that we accept Jesus. God chooses us! and calls us to Himself.
  • it is more than a dedication. it is the NT counterpart of the OT circumcision. God required all of His people to get circumcised to become part of His family in the Old Testament. now that we have the promise of Christ we can all become part of His family. baptism is the covenant sign of being accepted into His family and infant baptism is just that, the acceptance of a believers’ baby into His kingdom.
  • we are following in the footsteps of the families in Acts {16:15, 16:31, 18:8} who when the heads of the households became believers the whole family was baptized into the covenant grace of God. it is a decision that we made as a couple, that  “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
  • it is a high call, to us as parents, as well as to all the believers in the congregation to be held responsible for the upbringing of Sophia. we are all promising to raise her in grace and love and truth. it is a promise we are making TO GOD to be an example of grace, forgiveness, and love to her. to teach her about Jesus and what it means to follow Him. it is a high call and big responsibility! our prayer is that the God of all creation call Sophia Grace by name as His own and that she would recognize the call and believe in Jesus’ work  on the cross as her Lord and Savior.

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 “Jesus said, let the little children come to me,  and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God

Luke 18:16 

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it was a beautiful day and Sophia is such a beautiful little gift! we are so thankful for her. thank you for celebrating her baptism with us!

 xoxo-kimberly renee

ps- for those of you interested, here is a good article about baptism that was written by David Feddes. it is not connected to our denomination but i just thought he explained it really well and more in depth. for other questions about baptism…i’ll be forwarding them to Husbuddy because let’s be honest… he had to help me understand all of that… ha.

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