Baptism: Announcement

Greg Strand – May 4, 2015 Leave a comment

This is what I would include in the bulletin the day of a baptism service. It emphasizes some important truths and responses of the people of God, the body of Christ.

Baptism is a clear command of the Lord Jesus Christ for all believers (Matt. 28:18-20). This is why it is one of the ordinances of the Christian Church (the Lord’s Supper being the other). Believer baptism in water reflects a prior inward cleansing (1 Pet. 3:21) when the person was born again (Jn. 3:3, 5), made a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17), and offers an opportunity for this new believer to profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ publicly.

Today as we celebrate the baptism of this new believer, we respond in the following four ways:

  1. we rejoice and give thanks to God for the new life of this believer, having been saved by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone;
  2. we hear and are edified by the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we ponder our own step of obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ in the waters of baptism and in all of life;
  3. we pray for those who do not know and have not received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord that they may hear the gospel through the ear and see the gospel through the eye and believe and receive; and
  4. we proclaim to all the victory of Jesus Christ.

 

Greg Strand

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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