Connecting through Baptism

One of the specific commands Jesus gave us in our discipleship is to baptise people in the name of the Father and in the name of the Son and in the name of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is therefore a key means of strengthening our connection with God.

It is given value and significance by the command and the example of Jesus, and by the affirmation of God the Father, and that value is appropriated by us in a choice to obey in faith. This morning, Ed talked about the importance of baptism, looked at what the New Testament has to say about it and talked briefly about some of the controversies surrounding it.  We hope this talk will be a helpful resource for all those thinking about it.

The challenge to all of us was three fold:
1) If you've been baptism, do you look back and value that as God does and let it speak to you of what God has done for you?
2) If you haven't been baptised as a believer, is this something the Spirit is calling you to?
3) For all of us, are we really living a life immersed, saturated, pickled (meanings of the word translated baptism!) in the name (nature, character, reality) of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit?

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Ed Evans
1 March 2015
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