Baptism: Entering a New Life

Rev. Doug Wintermute spoke on baptism last Sunday: Jesus’s baptism, our baptism, Methodist baptism.

Take a moment to read Mark 1:4-11, the text forming the foundation of his message.
[If you don’t have a Bible with you, click the Scripture reference to read online.]

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee
and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
Mark 1:9 ESV

Even though the baptism of John was focused on repentance, Jesus, the sinless Lamb of God, underwent baptism.

Rev. Wintermute pointed out the reason for this seemingly unnecessary baptism of Jesus. Christ was setting an example for anyone who wants to follow Him. One of Jesus’ purposes on earth was to show us how to live life by the Spirit in full obedience to God the Father. With His baptism, Jesus revealed what we need, when we need it, and what God wants to do through it.

Jesus’ baptism also forshadowed His death and resurrection. This action of baptism began His formal ministry. Perhaps it was a reminder to Jesus why He stooped low from heaven to enter human form.

Like Jesus, we need to be baptized — enter into His death and resurrection by the power of the Spirit.

Baptism signifies us as a new people.
Free from the power of sin and death.
Free to serve Him in love.

All this a free gift of grace, simply waiting to be received.

Rev. Wintermute gave the congregation a challenge: Every time we come in contact with water, or are near water…

Remember your baptism and be thankful!

Because of our baptism into Jesus’s baptism we can live without fear.
We can live with thanks in all things.
We are redeemed!

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble…
Psalm 107:1-2 ESV

Carol Weaver

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