DiscipleChurch Family and Friends,
Do you remember your baptism? Have you been baptized? If no, then why not?, and please call me, let’s talk. If yes, when? Where you an infant, a child, or an adult? What is baptism? If you’re only supposed to baptized once; then once baptized, do you get to just check that off your Christian to-do-list? What is the Baptismal Covenant?
Baptism is one of two sacraments of the United Methodist Church – the other one is Holy Communion.
Baptism is a means of grace. The Wesley Study Bible defines “grace” by saying that grace is “grounded in the love and mercy of God the Father; especially manifest in the life, death, and resurrection of God the Son; and experienced through the work of God the Holy Spirit in our lives.”
God’s prevenient grace leads us to the water of baptism. – John Wesley preached “prevenient grace,” the grace that works in our lives before we are aware of it, bringing us to faith.
In Christian Baptism, we are baptized by water and the Spirit. This ordinary, everyday thing, water, when used by God, reminds us that God loves us infinitely, unconditionally, and from the beginning of time to the end of time.
As United Methodists, we believe that in baptism God initiates a covenant with us, announced with the words, “The Holy Spirit work within you, that having been born through water and the Spirit, you may live as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.” (United Methodist Hymnal – UMH)
“The Baptismal Covenant is God’s word to us, proclaiming our adoption by grace, and our word to God promising our response of faith and love. Those within the covenant constitute the community we call the church…” (UMH)
Depending upon how many questions you have about baptism, I would guess that NOT all of them will be answered this Sunday; sorry. However, that is probably a good thing. Because for some of us, that could mean a really long sermon! J
COME, be in community Sunday morning and together we will answer some questions and probably spark new ones!
DiscipleChurch worship begins with a community breakfast at 7:20 a.m. in Wesley Hall, then 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel, followed at 9:30 a.m. with discussion and formation in the Foundation building.
Hope to see you Sunday!
Your sister in Christ,
4 John the Baptist was in the wilderness calling for people to be baptized to show that they were changing their hearts and lives and wanted God to forgive their sins. 5 Everyone in Judea and all the people of Jerusalem went out to the Jordan River and were being baptized by John as they confessed their sins. 6 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He announced, “One stronger than I am is coming after me. I’m not even worthy to bend over and loosen the strap of his sandals. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
9 About that time, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10 While he was coming up out of the water, Jesus saw heaven splitting open and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him. 11 And there was a voice from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness.”