This Sunday is a great day of celebration as we rejoice together in the sacrament of believers baptisms. In the sacrament of baptism God gives us a new identity as his people.
In a world that has turned away from its Creator, where anonymity and rootlessness threaten our existence, God calls a people into covenant embrace. God called Abraham and Sarah, gave them new names, and promised to make of them a new nation through which he would bless all the families of the world. God cut a covenant into Israel’s flesh, carving out a people for himself. They would light the path home for all humanity.
In the fullness of time, God sent his only Son, Jesus, to be our Savior. In his death on the cross our old self is dead and buried; in his resurrection we rise to a new life and look forward to a new creation. When we are baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the triune God seals our adoption as his children and writes his name invisibly on our foreheads.
“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God. . . . Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God” (1 Peter 2:9-10, NIV).
By baptism we have a new identity in Jesus Christ!
Songs this week:
-Come People of the Risen King by Keith Getty
-Amazing Grace (my chains are gone) by John Newton and Chris Tomlin
-Stronger by Joel Houston
-Joyful (the One who saves) by Brenton Brown
We are also excited to have the elementary children join us for family worship this Sunday. We are happy to have them I’m the service and this is a great opportunity for us as parents to be educating our children as they have questions about baptism. At the end of the service the children will lead us in the sending song and in the benediction as well.
We meet at 11:00 in the Fellowship Hall of Metropolitan Baptist Church at 525 W Douglas. We’ll see you there!