This past Sonday, things were different than normal.
My usual routine is to go to my own church to worship, and visit Gordon's grave, at the cemetary. I did neither of these things.
My friend J, who we call B, had been working and living out in western Canada. He came home to Windsor, a few weeks ago. B may have an opportunity to go back out west to work, but since his family members have relocated back to this area, he's not sure he will do this.
In any event, even though B has been a believer for many a year, he had never understood the need to be baptized. However, recently he realized that in order to be obedient to God's Word, he needed to be baptized. Praise God! Thank You, Jesus!
And, Sunday, May 6th, 2012 was the day!
B worships at a couple of churches, but mainly at Lakeshore St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (LSA). This is where he planned on being baptized, at the 9:30 a.m. service.
As you may recall, my daughter B, became a friend of B's on Facebook (FB), and when he was home in Windsor a few months ago, we had a great time during a karaoke evening with him. Mother, daughter and several other of B's friends. He had also been a good friend to Gordon and I, long before Gordon died.
Once again, mother and daughter met to spend time with our mutual friend B. We were both very happy to be able to be there, for his baptism! Of course, it was really nice being able to introduce my daughter to several friends, also in attendance at this worship service!
B was one of several people being baptized. I must admit, he gave a great testimony, before being baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
What a great thing it is, when people realize that not only does the Bible teach that we are to repent and be baptized, but elect to do so in obedience to God's direction. Being submerged in a pool of water, confirms dying to self. Being raised from the water, confirms living for Christ.
I know. Some people don't agree with baptism in this form. It's too bad, really. For the truth is, it is what the Bible teaches.
Some people believe that by christening or baptizing infants brings them into God's family. But, the truth is, this is false teaching.
God didn't say to be baptized, and repent at some point in your life. No. Rather, He commanded us to repent... and be baptized.
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Another way of looking at this, is the fact that not only did God command us to do this, in this manner, but His command for us, proves that we need to elect to be baptized in obedience. Unlike an infant, who has not elected to do anything and their baptism not being their choice to be obedient to God.
What a blessing it was, to support B. I praise God and thank Jesus that his eyes were opened to God's truth. And, for electing to be obedient to God's command.
Until next time...
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