In 3 John 1:4, we read the following: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” While the context of this verse references spiritual relationships, it still captures well my thoughts about how I view this very special day as three of my children get baptized today. Baptism is a very significant event in the life of the Christian and we will be discussing the reason that a follower of Christ gets baptized, the purpose of that baptism, and the symbol that baptism portrays. It is our prayer that through this time this morning that we will accomplish the following three objectives:
- First, that our Lord and Savior will be honored and glorified
- Second, that you as a congregation will be blessed in hearing the salvation testimonies and the answers about Christian baptism from my beloved children
- Third, that these children will have their testimony and commitment to following Christ firmly rooted in their mind
The children will be speaking in age order from youngest to oldest.
Amara's Testimony of Faith in Christ
Amara: My mom and dad had taught me how to be saved. One night I thought about how to go to heaven. And that night I decided I needed to be saved. So I prayed to God and asked him to save me from my sins and I believed in Jesus as Savior. The Bible says in John 3:16, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Amara: The Bible says so.
Amara: Yes, in Acts 8:12. “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
David: Aidan, would you tell me how you came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?
Aidan: There were many times my parents taught me about how to be saved. One day, I was reading in the back of my Bible, and it had some verses about salvation. One of the verses talked about that if I would not accept salvation, I would go to hell. So I decided to be saved. These are some of the verses I read then.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ
Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
David: Aidan, what is the purpose of Christian baptism?
Aidan: To show that we are connected with Christ.
David: Do you have a Bible verse that teaches us that principle?
Aidan: In Galatians 3:27 it says, For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
David: Aidan, I am filled with joy knowing that you have connected yourself with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. May you never be ashamed of the Gospel message and may you bring forth the hope of salvation to a lost and dying world.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us.
David: Jordan, what does Christian baptism symbolize?
Jordan: Romans 6:4-5 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.
David: Jordan, what a blessing it is to me to have you professing the Christian faith. May you consistently live a life that is focused on honoring our Lord and store up treasures in heaven by keeping in mind that this life is not all that there is, but that there is a life to come.
Video of Blessed Baptism
We are very grateful to be able to provide a video of our children publicly confessing Jesus as Lord.