“go and make followers of all people in all the world, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and the Son and the Holy Spirit”
“The human mind explaining baptism is like a harmonica interpreting Beethoven: the music is too majestic
for the instrument. No scholar or saint can fully appreciate what this moment means in heaven. Any words
on baptism, including these, must be seen as human efforts to understand a holy event. Our danger is to
swing to one of two extremes: we make baptism either too important or too unimportant. Either we deify
it or we trivialize it. One can see baptism as the essence of the gospel or as irrelevant to the gospel. Both
sides are equally perilous. One person says, “I am saved because I was baptized.” The other says, “I am
saved so I don’t need to be baptized.” The challenge is to let the pendulum stop somewhere between the
two viewpoints. This is done by placing it where it should be: at the foot of the cross. Baptism is like a
precious jewel– set apart by itself, it is nice and appealing but has nothing within it to compel. But place
baptism against the backdrop of our sin and turn on the light of the cross, and the jewel explodes with
significance. Baptism at once reveals the beauty of the cross and the darkness of sin. As a stone has many
facets, baptism has many sides: cleansing, burial, resurrection, the death of the old, and the birth of the
new. Just as the stone has no light within it, baptism has no inherent power. But just as the stone refracts
the light into many colors, so baptism reveals the many facets of God’s grace.”
marrying someone who wanted to keep the marriage a secret? Neither does God. It’s one thing to say in
the privacy of your own heart that you are a sinner in need of a Savior. But it’s quite another to walk out
of the shadows and stand before family, friends, and colleagues to state publicly that Christ is your
forgiver and master. This step raises the ante. Jesus commanded all his followers to prove it, to make the
pledge, by public demonstration in baptism.”
What is done in the heart is most important, but what is represented and revealed through our actions is extremely significant. Therefore, consider being water baptized if you haven’t yet experienced this amazing testament to your faith.
On a final note, I wanted to share an exciting change that has taken place in my life recently that carries with it a symbol of commitment. I GOT ENGAGED! As I look at the engagement ring and prepare to wear the wedding band, I recognize a complete circle with no break and no end or beginning, which means that it just goes on and on. I am reminded of the significance of eternity with the Lord. Jeremy and I are in awe of what the Lord has done to bring us to this place. We appreciate all of your well wishes and prayers! Please continue to lift us up as we seek to follow God’s perfect will and wisdom in this decision to be united.
BAPTISM BUILDS BOLDNESS TO BROADCAST JESUS AS SAVIOR!
THE POWER OF COMMITMENT TO CHRIST IS REWARDED!
**Don’t forget that we are in the midst of our “At the Movies” Series at Church of the Highlands. We received a biblical perspective via Pastor Chris Hodges with flicks The Blindside and UP the past two weeks. There’s more ahead! Also, our new Theater opened, so come check it out. For a peak at one of our “At the Movies” promo clips see the following link. It’s hilarious! http://churchofthehighlands.com/atthemovies **