Baptism and Obedience

Cliff Ellison

Each year our church celebrates the 4th of July on the 4th, or on the nearest free work day available.  We celebrated the Independence of our wonderful country and the freedom we have to worship in its borders.

It was a delightful day.  Water slides, games, parade, music, food, fireworks for the children and prizes supplied us with a festive atmosphere.  Our Gospel Choir sang patriotic songs reminding us of the cost of freedom and songs of praises to God, thanking Him for our freedom.  We also had six people who highlighted this festive occasion by getting baptized.

They shared their experience of salvation with all in attendance by identifying with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.

“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."  Romans 6:4

"Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."  Acts 2:38

"Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day."  Acts 2:41

Water baptism is an act of obedience for the believer.  It should be preceded by repentance, which simply means “change.”  Baptism is turning from our sin and selfishness to serve the Lord.  It means placing our pride, our past and all of our possessions before the Lord.  It is giving the control of our lives over to Him.

Once a year we celebrate the Freedom Fest; daily we can celebrate salvation.  Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

If you accepted Jesus as your Savior and haven’t been baptized, be obedient and do it!

 

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