God sometimes takes us into troubled waters not to drown us but to cleanse us!
“What… another one. Are you seriously going to be immersed in a lake even though The Roman Catholic Church baptized you as an infant?” These were the exact words out of my mother’s mouth when I invited my parents to witness our SMC baptism ten years ago. While I am not sure of other denominations, I do know the “religion” I grew up in recognizes only one baptism, which leaves a permanent mark on the soul and there is no way, nor any reason to be baptized again. How many sins could I have possibly committed as an infant? Exactly, my thoughts as well!
Okay, let’s fast forward several decades later when I was in my early 40’s… our second baptism. Craig and I made an incredible, faithful, and heart-felt decision to publically accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. This wasn’t just a new chapter in our lives, but the beginning of a beautiful and peaceful life. A few weeks ago, Bob Disher enthusiastically shared “Since 2001, we have witnessed 1,800 changed lives walk out of the water!” What incredible joy! Think of the many lives and families that have been positively impacted by the Grace of God!
I have the privilege knowing a special couple, Bobby and Tracy Drake, who will be joining the other 1,800 changed lives on the water’s edge this month…walking away with a new start. Just like most of us, both Bobby and Tracy were raised in Christian homes and were baptized as infants. Now, they are publically rededicating their lives to take on a more personal level with their Savior. Deep in their hearts, they are ready to take a huge leap of faith on a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Bobby & Tracy Drake – Making Jesus Famous!
And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 3:21
Bobby and Tracy started with small steps while attending SMC to “test the waters.” After Tracy enrolled in the online bible studies a couple of years ago, she and Bobby both started attending SMC. It only took one Bible study together in the fall of 2015 before they officially became members of SMC last year. Tracy’s enthusiasm of the love she and Bobby received from their new home church was all they needed to join SMC. “We both feel that we have a strong relationship with Jesus and by rededicating our lives is a new chapter to keep strengthening our relationship with Jesus Christ,” stated the Drake’s.
Why do we have to be completely covered by water when we are baptized? God chose immersion in water because it is a very powerful way of showing us that our sins must be forgiven. Believers realize that they need saving from sin and require God’s grace. They go under the water in baptism and leave the old life behind while a new light dwells in their hearts. They come up out of the water to a new life. In baptism, believers identify with the death of Jesus Christ, who died for us. Just from hearing the Drake’s testimony and their love for Jesus, they are all in for growing deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus rose from the dead, they also rise from the waters of baptism to “set out on a new life.”
Our past was made clean by our King – Our 10th Anniversary of our Baptism
In the act of baptism, a person publicly identifies himself with other Christians. He is saying, “Now I’m one of them.” How important is your baptism? Baptism doesn’t save you—salvation comes by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). Your guilt before God is removed the moment you trust in Christ. But baptism is your personal testimony to, and the inward assurance of, your passage from the old life to the new life.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19
Have you thought about taking your relationship with Jesus to a higher level? Baptism is the start of a new life which will bring you great joy. It will give your life a renewed purpose. In an uncertain world, the God of Peace will give you peace. Baptism is both a spiritual and social event. It is a celebration of faith, life and hope for the future. An occasion as sacred as a loved one’s baptism deserves a joyful celebration… this special event can be commemorated in a number of different ways and is usually celebrated in the company of friends and family.
Will you join us in this celebration at 4pm on Sunday, August 27th at Lake Cammack? The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched; they are felt with the heart.