Baptism

38Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38-39

Parker was baptized last Sunday and that was the scripture that served as the introduction. I perused the PCA website and found the Book of Church Order. There was a link to the questions to be asked at a baptism and they are as follows:

To the parents:

1.   Do you acknowledge your child’s need of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, and the renewing grace of the Holy Spirit?

2.   Do you claim God’s covenant promises in his behalf, and do you look in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ for his salvation, as you do for your own?

3.   Do you now unreservedly dedicate your child to God, and promise, in humble reliance upon divine grace, that you will endeavor to set before him a godly example, that you will pray with and for him, that you will teach him the doctrines of our holy religion, and that you will strive, by all the means of God’s appointment, to bring him up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?

To the congregation:

 Do you as a congregation undertake the responsibility of assisting the parents in the Christian nurture of this child?

 I was holding Avery during the entire baptism and had two thoughts. “…you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call” The promise is there long before we’re ready or aware that we’re far-off. I have only the smallest grasp of how big and overwhelming predestination is, but am finding it comforting that God, not just someonle else, is in control.

After Jen and I answered our questions (as above), it was the congregation’s turn. I scanned the faces of the church as he put forth the question. It is a comforting and humbling experience to know that I need help in raising this child and that I have a family who is agreeing to be that help. Needless to say, very moving (emotional isn’t the right word).

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2 Responses to “Baptism”

  1. mags Says:

    Beautiful family! Beautiful picture of how God calls us and speaks to our hearts, even from infancy! May God always speak to Avery and Parker!!

  2. Rebecca Says:

    Jenn and Avery- ya’ll are growing great boys and future daddys! I wish I could have been there….sigh…see you in 4 weeks:) Such a special time.

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