Baptized

So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them. Acts 2:41 HCSB

It was a very special time for me when all four of my children accepted Jesus as Lord. Some of my favorite memories are when I have entered the baptismal waters and baptized each of my children. Even though they are my children, joyfully they are now my Christian brothers and sisters.

The Greek word for baptism means to immerse or dip. The word is traced back to the practice of dipping a cloth completely into a dye. The cloth is completely changed in color as a result of the dye. Baptism does not save a person, but it is the perfect illustration of what has happened in the heart of a believer. A person has died to the old self and has been raised as a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Baptism is also a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection. The practice of sprinkling and infant baptism does not adequately represent believer’s baptism because infants are not old enough to understand and accept the Gospel message. A person should accept the Gospel message and then be baptized.

Challenge: Have you accepted Jesus as Lord and been baptized? If not, it is an easy as A, B, C. A – Admit you are a sinner. B – Believe that Jesus is the Son of God, lived, died, and rose from the dead. C – Confess Jesus as the Lord of your life. Then follow Christ’s example and be baptized. Who do you know that needs to accept Jesus as Lord and be baptized?

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