Friday, January 29, 2010

A Few Thoughts on Baptism

To come out of our blogging hibernation, I decided to post some thoughts about baptism services.

Recently (sort of) our church has moved the baptism service from the Sunday evening bible study to the Sunday morning worship service. I was just thinking about this today and got pretty excited for several reasons:
  • It involves more people (evening service averages 30-40 people and the morning service 250-300 (rough estimates, no idea really but you get the point)).
  • It is a great, exciting, and joyous time not only for the individual being baptized but also for the church body.
  • It is essentially like the announcing of a birth of a baby or the marriage of two people.
  • It marks a healthy and growing church.
  • It could and should encourage people to share their faith.
  • It is an opportunity to boldly and clearly present the gospel during the worship service.
I just hope people can see these things and be excited about it too.

1 comment:

Tim B. said...

I, too, am always excited to witness a baptism. It is a very public proclamation of one’s desire to put off the world and be associated with Christ. When John the Baptist was baptizing people there were large crowds on the shores, many of whom were not believers. It took much courage to step out from the crowd and be baptized. In some ways, I wish there was a way to do more public baptisms. It would be a good witnessing opportunity. As it is, I am glad the baptism is in the morning so the Body of Christ can eagerly attest to a believer’s new birth.