Monday, January 23, 2012

The Baptism

We had our sweet Millie's baptism yesterday. 
We were so glad our families could be here with us.
We love our church, and we are thankful for all it has to offer. 
 The last baptism picture of this group was for Laurie's baptism. 
I was 8.5 months pregnant.
 We celebrated the baptism with a delicious lunch.
   And a good strawberry cake.
 We were happy our church family could join us too. 

Even this part of the cake was eaten by the time the last guest left. 
  The clean up wasn't too bad. 
 Nick had it done by 3:30. 
He's the better cleaner of the two of us. 
I wanted to rest on the couch. 
He wanted to do the dishes. 
So we did the dishes. 

 Our sweet baby after all her people left. 
 She was happy and worn out. 
This is the summary of What Christian Parents Should Know About Infant Baptism by John P. Sartelle, "The Bible teaches that the sign of salvation is to be applied to the children of believing parents. In the Old Testament, circumcision was the sign. In the New Testament, baptism is the sign. The baptism of our children symbolizes the reality that they are set apart in the sight of God. In this baptism, parents covenant to raise their children by the directions of their Lord. Such a baptism calls a child from his earliest days to confess Christ as his Savior. 
It is God who initiated, drew the terms of, and seals His covenant with His people. He graciously binds Himself to the promises of His Word. And He calls His children and His children's children to keep His covenant and know His blessing from generation to generation."
We do not believe that baptism saves Millie. 
Colossians 2:11-12 is where we find a reference to baptism fulfilling circumcision as the outward sign of a person's entrance into the community of believers. 
We pray everyday that she will know that Jesus is her Savior, and that she will love Him and worship Him the rest of her life. 
 My prayer for Millie is from Hebrews 13: 20-21, "May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."

2 comments:

  1. What a great day! Millie is an absolute doll, and you ALL look wonderful.

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