BAPTISM AT GOOD SHEPHERD
Baptism is a wonderful gift from God where He connects water with His Word and changes hearts and lives by connecting them to their Savior, Jesus. We believe baptism is something God does for us, not something we do for God.
What is baptism?
Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s Word.
What’s so special about simple water? Nothing, until God connects His Word to it! In Baptism, that is exactly what God is doing. He combines His life-creating and life-giving Word with the waters of Holy Baptism, and thereby we are born again of water and the Spirit. (John 3:5)
What does baptism have to do with our daily life?
Everything! Our entire life is a life lived trusting in the promises of God, given to us in and through Holy Baptism.
God tells us in His Word (Romans 6:4) that it was there that God buried us with Christ and raised us with Him to a new life, and gives us the sure hope of the resurrection. Why? Because in Baptism, we are connected to Jesus’ resurrection! We can have joy that the meaning, power, and promise of Holy Baptism rest entirely on the One who lived perfectly in our place and who suffered and died for the sins of the world. He rose victorious over death and the grave. In Holy Baptism, we receive all the blessings of Christ’s sacrifice.
Who Is To Be Baptized?
When we recognize that it is not our work but God’s gracious promise and work, we realize that everyone from infants to adults are to be baptized and receive the gifts offered in and through Baptism. (Matthew 28:19, Luke 18:15-17)
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