The 2 ceremonies (ordinances) Christ commanded his church to perform are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism symbolizes dying and rising with Christ and having sins washed away
(Rom. 6:1-12). “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? BY no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life…For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin- because anyone who has died has been freed from sin… The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. .. Therefore do not let sin reign your in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.”
Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Many christian parents are very intentional about “making sure their children are baptized.” Some at infancy, some at an age of accountability, and others at the time that the child is ready. All of which are personally inspired or prompted by the Lord and or based upon their personal beliefs and interpretation of the scriptures on this topic. My concern for parents today is that they do not take the later half of this scripture to heart as deeply… seeing the significance in what our Lord Jesus is commanding us to do. He said, “GO” but he also said, “teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
I am so ever thankful to the Lord for the miraculous thing he has done in my son’s heart. I am thankful that he desired to “obey” the Lord in being baptized. I am thankful for so many things!
Jesus was tempted by Satan following his baptism and as Christians we all understand how temptation works and how we are constantly fighting our flesh and the sins of this world. Please keep my son Austin in your prayers, that this would be a rich season in his life of growing deeper with the Lord, understanding his word, and gaining His wisdom. I urge to also be praying for Isaac and I to stay the course and focus now on the later part of Matt 28- teaching Austin to obey all that He has commanded.
Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology
Baptism- “A Bible Study Workbook for Kids” by Richard Todd- This is a small activity book with verses
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