Saturday, May 31, 2008

Our Baptisms

From our statement of faith: We believe, That Baptism (Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26) and the Lord's Supper are ordinances of Christ, to be continued until his second coming; and that the former is absolutely requisite to the latter; that is to say, that those (Acts 2:41 and 9:18, 26) only are to be admitted into the communion of the church, and to participate of all ordinances in it, (Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36, 37 and 16:31-34 and 8:8) who upon profession of their faith, have been baptized, (Matthew 3:6, 16; John 3:23; Acts 8:38, 39; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12) by immersion, in the name of the Father, (Matthew 28:19) and of the Son Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Ghost.

We both had been baptized in the churches in which we grew up much earlier in our lives. However, by God's graces and mercies, after coming to believe that during those times we held to a gospel different than what we've since found to be in the Bible, we felt it was necessary for us to be baptized again.

In preparation, we read the following articles, which helped further our understanding of baptism:

Baptism - A Burial by Charles Spurgeon
Baptism, A Divine Command to be Observed by John Gill
Baptism, A Public Ordinance of Divine Worship by John Gill


Here are some pictures of this event. As Michael is David's teacher, a gift granted by God, he was blessed to be baptized by him:





Moreover, since we believe that we as Christians are priests (Rev 1:5-6); and that the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of His bride (1 Cor 11:13); we believed it was appropriate that David baptize Susan:






It was a joyous time for both of us, being able to represent Christ's death, burial and resurrection and our commitment and submission to God in this way; and it was a wonderful blessing for each of us to be involved as we were in Susan's baptism.

We are thankful again for the Lord Jesus Christ's atoning work and resurrection, and the Eternal Three in One's plan and gift of salvation. Praise be God's holy name for ever! Amen!

-- David & Susan

3 comments:

Manette said...

Thank you so much for sharing this experience with me.
God bless both of you.
Manette

Bill Peck said...

What Manette said!

And continued thanks for every entry on the blog! And that really goes for all the blogs, they are so appreciated.

Bill

Anonymous said...

We were there for this occasion, and it was truly memorable - A BIBLICAL BAPTISM FOR BELIEVERS - not just a ritualized religious 'ceremony' to salve the guilty consciences of unregenerate religious worldlings.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Sifford gave a short statement of Faith, immediately followed by the Baptism itself.

To this day, I can think of nothing else that has humbled me more than being able to witness this.

Lonnie Godsey