I wrote a few weeks ago celebrating how many baptisms we have had here at University, with more to come. It’s great to hear the faith confessed, see the family of God grow, as the waters of baptism wash over one more person who has been joined to Jesus. The congregation joins in as witness and then as participant.
We ask, “Do you the church reaffirm your rejection of sin and your commitment to Christ?”
Some of you have noticed that I can’t accept a weak rejection of sin and commitment to Christ—and in such moments offer a second chance to respond more forcefully.
Then we ask, “Will you do all in your power to nurture each other in Christian faith and life and include this person (or family) now before you in your care?”
“With God’s help we will proclaim the good news and live according to the example of Christ. We will surround these persons with a community of love and forgiveness, that they may grow in their trust of God, and be found faithful in their service to others. We will pray for them, that they may be true disciples who walk in the way that leads to life.”
It is an amazing promise that we make. We insert the name of the baptized into these words to make the promise personal and specific.
Every week we get the amazing opportunity of fulfilling this promise to the children, adults and their families who are baptized at University. In the next few weeks there are opportunities to serve at Vacation Bible School and Middle School Mission (email Taylor Mooney) as adult leaders.
Let’s keep our promise.
In the name of the one who always keeps his promises to us,