(Wes McAdams is the preaching minister at the Baker Heights congregation in Abilene, Texas.
His writing - located on his Radically Christian website - is often poignant and timely.)
We talk a lot about baptism. And with good reason, baptism is the moment at which a repentant believer’s sins are washed away by the blood of Christ (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Romans 6:1-7; 1 Peter 3:21). But, often we fail to help people understand that being baptized is more than just being forgiven. Being baptized means accepting Christ’s invitation into a very radical lifestyle – the lifestyle of a disciple.
Baptism is the moment of initiation into a life of following Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20; John 3:5). Being baptized is essentially saying to the Lord, “From this moment on, I commit myself to You. I will follow you until the day I die.” F. Lagard Smith wrote a book entitled, Baptism: The Believer’s Wedding Ceremony. Although I’ve yet to read the book, I think the title is a very apt description of what baptism is all about (Romans 6:1-7; 2 Corinthians 11:2-3; James 4:4).
Becoming a disciple of Christ is not a decision to take lightly. In fact, Jesus warned people to count the cost before making the commitment (Luke 14:25-33). Do we warn people, before baptizing them, of the unbelievably great commitment they are making? And just as important, are we ourselves living up to the commitment we made when were baptized? Are we living as people who have accepted Christ’s invitation to follow Him (1 John 2:4-6)?
If the weather is decent, we will be playing volleyball, from 6 to 9pm, this Tuesday, August 6, at the Sonic at 1101 South Range Line. If you would like to play, or if you'd rather sit and visit, please meet us at the court.
We're building on the foundation of the Bible, and building one another up in the process. VBS is well underway. At 3:30, our Vacation Bible School will end, but remember our regular Bible School opportunities continue throughout the year (every Sunday at 9am, and every Wednesday following our 7pm devotional). If you missed VBS, please consider visiting us on those occasions.
More importantly, our regular Bible classes are for ALL ages, birth to adults. We make every effort to confirm, using only God's Bible "blueprint", that we build our spiritual house on the firm foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please come and be a part of the learning process in that endeavor.
We are a pre-denominational, congregation of
New Testament Christians who strive to accomplish God's will in God's way.
You are personally invited
or study with us.
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