Sweet little girl was baptized a couple weeks ago. it was sweet and beautiful that her daddy was the one to do it!
i know there is so much confusion and disagreement about infant baptism, but i really liked what the pastor(ahem, my husband) said that morning. i just thought he explained what infant baptism signifies so well! i wanted to share it with you:
” …baptism is a sacrament of the New Testament, ordained by
Jesus Christ Himself. By the act of baptism, a person becomes a part
of the visible church of God, for it is a sign and a seal of the covenant
of grace for believers and their children. As a sign it proclaims God’s
forgiveness and our redemption in Jesus Christ. And as a seal, God
marks us as adopted children of our heavenly Father. It indicates our
engrafting into Christ, our rebirth, the remission of sins, and our ability
by the power of the Spirit to walk in newness of life. (Book of
For infants in the Old Covenant, circumcision was the outward sign
used to indicate that a child was part of the visible church. However,
in the New Covenant, under Christ, the sign of circumcision is
replaced with that of baptism. When an infant is baptized, it does not
save. It signifies instead that God’s pursuit and work in our lives
begins before we are ever aware of it. And it also seals the infant
within the covenant promises of God, being raised not as a stranger to
the Gospel, but being taught the good news of free and gracious
salvation in Jesus Christ, a privilege to those within the church.”
“It signifies… that God’s pursuit and work in our lives
begins before we are ever aware of it”
i mean, that, right there is where we praise the Lord for God’s pursuit of each one of us. we can not save ourselves. amen?!
Cora isn’t being raised as a stranger to the gospel. we pray that every day the gospel is evident in our home and in our church. the gospel means that, daily, we recognize that we are sinners and need Jesus’ saving work on the cross.
in our home, in our relationships with each other, in our parenting… we are not perfect. we need Jesus. may it be so clear to our girls as they grow up.
thank you for letting me share that special day with you all!