Monday, March 19, 2012

"Are we gonna baptism Josiah?"

On Sunday, March 18, we had the privilege of baptizing our son with family and friends in attendance. Neither Josh nor I grew up in a tradition that included infant baptism, but we have come to appreciate it. 

This baptism isn't like adult baptism, which symbolizes an adult's decision to follow Christ and identify with him in his death and resurrection. Instead, infant baptism symbolizes a child's welcome into the people of God. As Josiah's parents, Josh and I promised to raise him to know God and his love. And along with us, the congregation promised to live in such a way before Josiah that he would have every opportunity to come to know God. We prayerfully look forward to a time when Josiah is able to accept God's love, forgiveness and salvation for himself, thus bringing his baptism full circle.

(The title of this post was Lorien's question to us as we walked into church that morning. At least she knew something special was going on.)

Senior Pastor Jim Singleton prays for Josiah

"I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

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