After listening to an excerpt from a sermon a week ago, I have a better understanding now that there are many traditions, practices, etc that some parishioners do not know what the purpose of baptism by immersion. Why is immersion preferred for baptisms choice for several churches? Because of the disconnect, parishioners are often too afraid to ask the ministers or church leaders. So, as Christians, we do not talk about why things are done the way they are now. And, I will attempt to start the change right now.
Baptism has been a heated debate at numerous venues for thousands of years. People began to understand Barton Stone, Thomas Campbell & Alexander Campbell’s ideas as the The Restoration Movement. The Stone Campbell Movement was founded by Barton Stone (1717-1844), Thomas Campbell (1763-1854, father of Alexander), and Alexander Campbell (1788-1866). Stone and the Campbell held debates, mainly with ministers of opposing faith.
When it came to baptism, Jesus does not mix words. He tells the truth. He commanded us to be baptized. “Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
Standing in the water as a sinner:, The Officiant asks. “Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Baptism Candidate responds, “Yes, I do.”
Being immersed: As the Officiant prepares to dunk the candidate under the water, the Officiant will say something like, “Because you have now professed your faith in God and wish to be baptized, I now baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
The water washes all your sins away.
You die as Jesus died on the cross. When you stand up, you are reborn from being washed in the Blood of the Lamb. You know have a second birthday
Let us end with a verse about baptism.“Peter said to them. Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38, New Revised Standard Version).
Hymn of the week is a 19th century African American Spiritual “Down to the River to Pray” Music for the week: “Savior’s Shadow” performed by Blake Shelton writers: Shelton, Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall. Produced by Scott Hendricks
Rev. Tritthart is a graduate of Westminster College and Rawlings Divinity School. She is an ordained minister, a public speaker, and a ministerial services provider offering assistance to Miami and the surrounding areas. She owns Tritthart Special Event Services and can be reached at (918) 919-1500 or www.Facebook.com/tritthartses or www.tritthartspecialeventservices.com.