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The Importance of Baptism

I was baptized last Sunday. It was an experience that will stay with me the rest of my life  – not just because I’ve been assured that now I have an actual date that I can state I was ‘born again’, but because it was such a moving experience.

There were several events that led up to this day: meeting with Pastor Tom to go over the meaning behind believer’s baptism, visiting the church where it would take place (we met at White Mountain Christian Church in Show Low since it is much warmer than our meeting space at AICM), and advice from friends and family. I was very prepared for the actual day, yet I was not prepared for the emotion that would overcome me.

This is what Pastor Tom has to say about baptism:

Baptism is not an option; it’s a necessity for the complete Christian life. Jesus gave us the example by being baptized Himself “to fulfill all righteousness”  (Matt. 3.15). Obedience is righteous. Jesus commanded us to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matt.28.19). Once saved by faith in Christ, one is called to obedience to be baptized: “So then, those who had received his word were baptized…And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2.41,47). So, deep water baptism best demonstrates the miracle that God works in us through faith that “we have been buried with Him (put under the water) through baptism into death…(and) as Christ was raised (came up out of the water) from the dead…so we too might walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6.1-4). After salvation, there is baptism, and after baptism there is discipleship in service to Christ.

What Pastor Tom says is all true and wonderful and right. But if you wish to learn more about my personal feelings, I encourage you to read my post at God Loved Me. I could not have selected a better pastor to perform such an important rite of passage and I thank him for doing such a wonderful job. I was sobbing by the time I was lifted from the water but it was from tears of joy. The singing of my favorite hymn, Amazing Grace, greeted me when I was redressed and ready to join the congregation at White Mountain Christian Church.

Because WMCC requires that everyone who takes holy communion be immersed first, the baptism occurred at the very beginning of the service. While the snow fell softly outside, inside I was warm and protected. I felt Jesus’ arms wrap around me as well as the love of the entire congregation envelop me in acceptance, understanding, and the deep warmth that comes from being amid people with like beliefs and life goals.

I feel like a new person now that I have had my sins washed away and have arisen, just as Jesus Christ, as a new person. Watch out world, here comes a brand new Christian ready to take on any disbelievers or even the Devil himself!! Praise God and thank you Pastor Tom for bringing me to this new phase of life.

Candace Morehouse

NHCF Secretary

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New Hope Christian Fellowship is a nondenominational Christian church in Show Low, Arizona.

This Show Low nondenominational church is comprised of an independent body of believers, who have found comfort in biblical love, fellowship and spiritual unity. We practice New Testament Christianity in adherence to the Word of God, in faith, in obedience, and servanthood. We are dedicated to that which blesses the Lord Jesus Christ and lifts up His commandments, especially to love one another.

What We Believe: “To do things Jesus’ way, by Jesus’ teaching, and for Jesus’ glory.”

Life Verse: “Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

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