"Now, by being buried with Christ in baptism, we set our seal to the fact that the death of Christ was on our behalf, and that we were in him, and died in him, and, in token of our belief, we consent to the watery grave, and yield ourselves to be buried according to his command. This is a matter of fundamental faith—Christ dead and buried for us; in other words, substitution, suretyship, vicarious sacrifice. His death is the hinge of our confidence: we are not baptized into his example, or his life, but into his death. We hereby confess that all our salvation lies in the death of Jesus, which death we accept as having been incurred on our account..."
(You can read that sermon in its entirety HERE).
Madelyn (right) with her friend, Cassie (left)
My Madelyn had gone to our pastor expressing an interest in being baptized as she felt the conviction upon her heart to do so in obedience to Christ.
Chris got ready to help baptize our daughter...
He always checks the water temp with his toe before getting in! He makes my heart smile...
Our pastor spoke...
We sang a few hymns...
Loved ones all gathered together to witness this public display of announcing ones salvation through faith alone in Christ alone...
I don't have pictures (at this time) of Madelyn's actual baptism. I video'd the event. Thankfully, a few others took photos but I don't have any of them to share yet. :) If you would like to see the *short* video...you can do so HERE. **Be sure to watch how Chris gets in the pool at the very beginning...he's such a hoot! He can't just get in gradually ~ he has to do it all at once. I told him a cannonball may not be quite appropriate so he *rolled* in instead!!**
I am aware that some of my friends who read here are probably paedobaptists. I am a credobaptist...but am still studying both views. Either way, I know our salvation does not depend on it. :)
Thanks so much for sharing in that beautiful day with me! I hope your week is Christ-honoring and joy-filled! :)
“We ought to regard the sacrament of baptism with reverence. An ordinance of which the Lord Jesus Himself partook, is not to be lightly esteemed. An ordinance to which the great Head of the Church submitted, ought to be ever honorable in the eyes of professing Christians.”
~ J.C. Ryle