Greetings all! This last Sunday of the month at Adore was truly joyous – celebrating 37 baptisms! Praise God! It was an honor to witness these individuals make a public declaration of their identity with Christ. Andy prefaced the baptisms with a short talk and I have only captured a tiny sliver…so listen or watch here!
He made a brief analogy of what it means to follow Christ by referring to twitter. When using social media, we skim through thousands of voices to choose who we might follow, and for a fleeting moment, we ‘like’ them, click their profile, etc. This temporal commitment also occurs with faith. What does it mean to follow? Is christ in the mix, or simply one voice among many?
“And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.” (Matthew 28:19, 20 GWT)
So consider yourselves dead to sin’s power but living for God in the power Christ Jesus gives you. (Romans 6:11 GWT)
Baptism is not about salvation it is about identification
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man would have to suffer a lot. He taught them that he would be rejected by the leaders, the chief priests, and the scribes. He would be killed, but after three days he would come back to life. He told them very clearly what he meant. Peter took him aside and objected to this. Jesus turned, looked at his disciples, and objected to what Peter said. Jesus said, “Get out of my way, Satan! You aren’t thinking the way God thinks but the way humans think.” Then Jesus called the crowd to himself along with his disciples. He said to them, “Those who want to follow me must say no to the things they want, pick up their crosses, and follow me. Those who want to save their lives will lose them. But those who lose their lives for me and for the Good News will save them. What good does it do for people to win the whole world yet lose their lives? Or what should a person give in exchange for life? If people are ashamed of me and what I say in this unfaithful and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of those people when he comes with the holy angels in his Father’s glory.” (Mark 8:31-38 GWT)
There was a thief next to Jesus on the cross who asked Christ to remember him. The Thief on the cross was never baptized. Criteria is belief, not baptism. Yet, in our culture we have watered down baptism. To be emerged, to be completely submerged. This is Baptism. If you are a follower, then identify with him. Christ deserves your allegiance.