Baptism in George West, TX

Rachel and I traveled to George West, Texas this weekend to visit my parents. This morning we attended their own local assembly, First Baptist Church, and enjoyed witnessing a baptism followed by an enriching sermon concerning the “priesthood of believers.” Just before baptizing a young man, the pastor explained something that I thought was worthy to repeat. He mentioned that this young man’s corporate confession in baptism was representing that he has now gone from a “self-centered, sin-controlled life, to a Jesus-centered, Christ-controlled life.”

What a statement! What a confession! Indeed, this is precisely what God in Christ has done for his elect: he rescues them from the darkness of self-centeredness, and from the bondage to sin, and by the strength of the omnipotent Spirit of Christ, causes them to walk a Christ-centered life.

Paul speaks of this transformation in relation to baptism in Romans 6:1-4. “What then shall we say? Shall we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all who have been baptized into Christ Jesus, have been baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we shall walk in newness of life.”

For those of us who have been baptized into Christ, let us be reminded that we have been baptized into his death. Moreover, let us also remember that we have been raised with him to live a new life, one that is no longer self-centered, or even sin-controlled, but one that is wholly focused on and controlled by Christ.

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4 Responses to “Baptism in George West, TX”

  1. Ronjour Locke Says:

    Well said. We actually had a baptism at our church today. Our pastor read our church’s doctrinal statement on baptism and explained its importance. I echo your comments in that I really haven’t meditated enough on the importance of baptism or on the connection between baptism, making disciples and the total authority of Jesus in Matthew 28. Many churches today tend to use baptism more for the numbers game than for the visible expression of new life in union with Christ. I pray that we will restore baptism to its rightful place, so that the glory of the Gospel will shine clearly through it.

  2. Bret Rogers Says:

    I agree with you Ronjour. It seems that the majority of the time leaders speak more often about what baptism is not, and never inform the church of what baptism actually is. It is a glorious ordinance, meant to demonstrate mighty truth about justice, grace, death, life, and union with Christ. As future leaders, let us both be about informing the people of what baptism does mean, for the glory of Christ.

    Bret

  3. Ched Says:

    Good Thoughts. Baptism is so precious.

  4. thewordisnotimprisoned Says:

    Bret,
    Thank you for the word on baptism. The confessional statement above is simple and pure. Good word!

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