Monday, July 23, 2007

Good News From Our Home

Yesterday, July 22, our third daughter, Rebecca, was baptized. She is now 6 years old and had been asking to get baptized for a few months. It was a joyous occasion, and a number of relatives (and most of our church) were on hand for it.

The reason Rebecca wanted to get baptized was simple: She had accepted Christ as her Savior about two years ago, and she wanted people to know that she was saved and loved her Lord. She is a beautiful demonstration of child-like faith in God.

We who are Baptists believe that baptism is by immersion, that it does not change your eternal destination, and that its purpose is to show to others that you are a saved person—a child of God. In many cultures it is perceived as a more significant event; many Christians through time have been rejected by their families, not because they claimed to be saved, but because they took the public step of believers' baptism. Regardless of consequences (and in Rebecca's case, they were uniformly positive), Christians are commanded to show their faith in God publicly by being baptized.

Are you a child of God? Have you been willing to publicly demonstrate and share your faith?

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