Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Blessing of Christian Baptism

What an incredible blessing it was to have three of our beloved children follow in obedience to the Lord by being baptized on June 7, 2009. It filled our hearts with joy to hear the testimonies of salvation from the mouths of Jordan, Aidan, and Amara. They all spoke with such confidence and conviction. It is our prayer that as you read this post that your hearts will be touched with the beauty of the stories of salvation from these next generation believers. As their parents, we see such bright promise and hope for their future, which will have our unchanging God as the foundation. We rest in God's sovereignty and look to Him for doing great and mighty things in the lives of each of these precious lambs.

A special note to our paedo-baptist brethren- we hope that our theological differences on this important doctrinal issue will not deter you from reading this post and rejoicing with us in this most joyous celebration of the public professions of faith that were uttered to honor and glorify our Savior Jesus Christ. We desire nothing more than to lift up the Name that is above all names and we welcome you to this blog and particularly this post with open arms.

Here are the words that were prepared for this very special day, starting with an introduction that I (David) was very privileged to deliver:


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

David: Amara, would you tell me how you came to faith in the Lord Jesus 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.

David: Amara, why do you want to be baptized?

Amara: The Bible says so.

David: Do you have a Bible verse to support that?

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: Amara, your willingness to obey what the Bible teaches by following the command to be baptized is a blessing to me and will result in God’s blessing toward you. Amara, may you always be obedient to the Scriptures and may you use God’s Word to guide every thought, word, and deed.

Aidan's Testimony of Faith in Christ

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.

Jordan's Testimony of Faith in Christ

David: Jordan, would you tell me how you came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?

Jordan: My parents clearly outlined the plan of salvation many times, but I always rejected or postponed it. My dad gave me a tangible example of God’s love, after which I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. After being disciplined, my dad opened his arms and hugged me as a sign of forgiveness. This gave me a compelling picture of how much God loved me, even when I was a sinner. Romans 5:8 fits my testimony:

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: Baptism represents our death, burial and resurrection with Christ.

David: Do you have Scriptural support for this symbolism?

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.

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