Monday, August 21, 2006

Now the Debate is Over Let's Improve Our Baptism!

Improve Your Baptism

It does not matter whether we are Baptist or Presbyterian we need to build on our faith. Therefore we are to Improve our Baptism dear Christian Brethern!

Sola Scriptura calls the Church and Christian to a proper understanding and preparation and practice of the Sacraments within the context of worship and in the practice of faith in our lives. Since your baptism you must have thought about it:

What it means,
The blessings of it,
Its activity and
Its work in your live,

Your baptism signifies that you are grafted into Christ and that in Him you have the remission of sins by his blood, and are regenerated by the Holy Spirit being adopted as a son awaiting the resurrection and entering into everlasting life. Therefore in the practice of our faith, in line with Sola Scriptura we are not to forget our baptism. It is important to us in our daily lives as we remember that we wear the badge or mark of Christianity. This will help us in times of temptation as we consider we are God’s people and that we are to “improve our baptism”.

Now I know this is a new concept to many reading this for in our modern Churches we are neither called or reminded to talk much about this wonderful sacrament that was applied to us. But we should often! This is true orthopraxy at its finest. The Westminister divines, after a dedicated study of the scripture, proposed the question and answer to the people of God in this manner:

How is our Baptism to be improved by us?

Answer: The needful but much neglected duty of improving our Baptism, is to be performed by us all our life long, especially in the time of temptation, and when we are present at the administration of it to others; by serious and thankful consideration of the nature of it, and of the ends for which Christ instituted it, the privileges and benefits conferred and sealed thereby, and our solemn vow made therein; by being humbled for our sinful defilement, our falling short of, and walking contrary to, the grace of baptism, and our engagements; by growing up to assurance of pardon of sin, and of all other blessings sealed to us in that sacrament; by drawing strength from the death and resurrection of Christ, into whom we are baptized, for the mortifying of sin, and quickening of grace; and by endeavoring to live by faith, to have our conversation in holiness and righteousness, as those that have therein given up their names to Christ; and to walk in brotherly love, as being baptized by the same Spirit into one body.

Let us therefore remember and give thanks to God for this great sacrament and the blessing of God which come by and through all that it is, it represents and it signifies.


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