Monday, June 13, 2011

Amen!

Being rather upset again on Saturday after attending yet another funeral, I found it hard to get some sleep. Even melatonin didn't help. Tossing and turning continued through close to half the night. Consequently, I was tired, Sunday morning.

Knowing that out of town buyers were arriving to see one of my listings at 9:00 a.m. didn't help any. Just thinking about having to be up early, seemed to put me on edge even more.

After showing the property to the buyer and his salesperson who drove him to Windsor from Toronto, I found I was extra early for church.

I attempted to join some of my sisters and brothers in the Lord, who were watching a video, but I couldn't do this, because there were no seats available in our Fellowship Room, where the video was being shown.

So instead, I made my way to the sanctuary and got comfy in my seat. I read my Bible until it was worship time!

At the end of our worship service we celebrated the Lord's Supper. Normally, we do this on the first (1st) Sunday of each month, but last weekend, our pastor was out of town getting married! Even though he is still away on his honeymoon, we celebrated Communion.

Due to having Communion, we finished up later than normal. This meant that I had to rush to get out to the nearby town of Essex, where I was scheduled to attend a Baptism!

Wow! Rush, I did! Even so, as I approached the door to the church, I could hear voices singing a hymn. Talk about cutting it close!

Grace Baptist Church, is not a sister church to my Baptist church, for it is not a Fellowship (of Evangelical Baptists) church. However, I really enjoyed the service, there. I especially enjoyed singing hymns and ending them singing... Amen. This is something I haven't heard in years, at any other church I have worshipped at!

My friend who was being baptized gave a great testimony before his baptism. His wife also gave testimony at that time, even though she had already been baptized. It was truly a lovely service. The icing on the cake was, of course, J being baptized!

If you are not aware, we as Baptists believe in submersion for Baptism. Just as when John baptized Jesus by submersion, we believe we need to have our bodies go down into the water, and come back up, again. All in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, of course! Submersion represents us dying to self and living for Christ.

It makes my heart skip a beat when I see a baptism, because I know that a fellow Christian is being obedient to God's Word, in Acts 2:38, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

Notice that the Bible doesn't say be baptized and at some point in your life, repent! No. It doesn't, because we as God's children each need to take responsibility for ourselves, not only coming to Jesus Christ and being saved, but in obedience, make a public declaration that we are living for Christ... baptism.

This is why we do not believe in infant baptism.  After all, what infant do you know is able to repent before choosing to be baptized?  None, of course.  Nope.  God's word is clear.  Salvation first; then baptism follows repentance.

Matthew 3:13-17 explains Jesus' baptism, if you'd like to read about it.


Until next time...

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