A Living Tradition: Baptism

Posted November 2, 2016

Nobel prize winner, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, once stated, “there is no life without water.” Water symbolizes life, renewal, purification, and transformation. Water is an essential element for existence, and a fundamental part of baptism.

Baptism is both a personal and public identification with Jesus Christ. When we are baptized, we turn away from our old life to a new life in Jesus Christ. We are publicly identifying with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. We are openly joining the ranks of those who believe in Christ.

Paul writes of baptism and its capacity to make us new creations more often than he writes of the Lord’s Supper. Clearly, for Paul and the early church, the transformational nature of baptism stood at the center of Christian community.

When we are baptized, we are preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Standing in the water represents Christ dying on the cross, being lowered in the water symbolizes his burial in the tomb, and being raised from the water represents Jesus rising from the dead victorious. Romans 6:3-4 teaches us this very thing. “Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ 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.”

As we observe baptisms, we are witnessing a profession of faith and a transformation of new life in Jesus Christ. I am so excited that we will have the opportunity to witness several in our body being baptized this coming Sunday, November 6. Let’s celebrate this new, eternal life together!

Written by Luke Lusted - Website

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Luke first felt God's call to lead and serve in the music ministry of the local church while pursuing his Bachelor's degree at Louisiana Tech University. He earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Arizona. While Luke has served in numerous professional capacities including Artistic Director of a large choral organization, chorister in professional choirs, and composer and clinician for schools and churches across the country, his heart is pastoring and using his gifts to glorify Christ and His kingdom.


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