Monday, September 8, 2008

They believed and were baptized

Wow, what a day! For about a year now, Lizzie has been asking to be baptized. We wanted to wait for a couple of reasons.

  1. We wanted to make sure that she fully understood what baptism is (a symbol) and what baptism isn't (does not guarantee salvation).
  2. We wanted her to be of an age that she will remember this day.
  3. We wanted her decision to be based on her desire, not because a friend was doing it
Well, yesterday was that day. She can fully explain the meaning of baptism, just ask her. In our church, we don't do baptism classes. Our pastor sits down with those that want to be baptized (just prior to going into the pool) to talk with them and ask them if they've accepted Jesus as their Savior. In the Bible, over and over in the New Testament when it talks about baptism it says, 'they believed and were baptized.' Not, they believed, took classes, they were a certain age and the pastor said it was okay to be baptized. Nope, that's not it at all. Sometimes, in this day and age, I think we make a big deal out of stuff that really should be simple. They believed and were baptized. (pretty sure there is a sermon in there...) A beautiful picture.

Also, at our church, not only are we able to be in the water with her, but WE baptized her. It was a very sweet and special time. Again, no where in the Bible does it say that you have to be baptized by your pastor. Karl was with us, because we asked him to be.

It was an awesome day. Lizzie was delighted, thrilled, ecstatic, elated...well, you get the picture. We are blessed with a mature, sweet, incredible daughter. Thank you Jesus!
"I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth."
III Peter 1:4

I'll post pictures and video soon!


Anonymous said...

Lizzie-we are proud of your decision and wish we could have been there. We look forward to pictures and the video.
we love you,

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with your view of baptism and was thrilled to hear of Lizzy's decision and action!! How proud you must be. God bless you Lizzy as you follow Him.