Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ned Flanders would be proud

We joined our new church! *applause*
The Man and I took the new member's class and officially joined our church before Christmas. There isn't much else to say about that, but I wanted to share because I'm ridiculously happy about it. What I can say though, is that the Man and I are considering being baptism. We were both baptized as babies, he when he was 3 days old, since he was a preemie and they didn't know if he would survive. I was baptized in my grandmother's Presbyterian church when I was a month or so old.
So if we were baptized as babies, why are we considering doing it again? Because the Bible says that we should. (Acts 2:38) I've believed in Jesus as my Savior since I was 5 years old, and I recommitted my life to him after the Princess was born. But my baptism came before that, and it had very little to do with me really. The Man accepted Jesus around 8 years ago, and he appears more ready to be baptized than I do, which is surprising if you know us. I think my one hang-up is that in my mind I see baptism as something that new believers do, and I'm not a 'new' believer. In addition, we've just come out of many years in a Presbyterian church that did not allow you to be re-baptized if you had been baptized as a baby. Having seen an elder be removed from Session after she violated that rule, I admit to feeling a bit squirmy about taking this step. I know that it's not really based on anything other than my own squirreleyness. (That is too a word!) I do feel as if He is drawing us to make this public proclamation, and really, what chance do I have in resisting the Almighty?
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Theresa said...

Funny you mention this because I thought about this last night. I was raised Catholic and Daniel and Amanda were both baptized in the Catholic church as well.
I love the man-made rules. Where does it say in the bible that if you are baptized as an infant you cannot get baptized again? NO WHERE!
Go for it! I have until Sept. to decide because that is when the baptisms are Core Creek!

Anonymous said...

Hey honey,
You aren't being rebaptized. Being sprinkled as a baby, in the strictest sense of the thing isn't being baptized. (no offense to any who follow this tradition)
Baptism is a choice and an act of obedience. It's also not just for new believers. Some Christians take a long time to make this decision. I can't tell you what an amazing feeling it is, dying to self, having past sin washed away and emerging (wet LOL) and new in your faith and knowing that you have followed one of the things Jesus asked us to do. If you are ready to profess your faith and buried with Jesus I say GO!
Love you!
Nova Kristin
PS I'm posting anon. as google will not let me sign in