In recent weeks, I have been thinking a lot about baptism. (Yes, seminary does invite you to spend a good bit of time contemplating such things!) In particular, I have been considering the central place that baptism occupies within the Christian faith, and the particular significance it has for us as Baptists. After all, we are part of a church tradition that got its very name from the distinctive way in which it practiced the baptism of believers by immersion.
During March, I will be spending three Sundays with our youth in which we’ll be talking about the meaning of baptism. I am really looking forward to this time. Additionally, Pastor Rick, Pastor Tripp, and I have been in conversation about building one of our worship services later this spring around the theme of baptism. I wanted to invite each of you to consider participating in that process in several possible ways:
- If you would be interested in sharing a bit about the significance of baptism in your own faith journey, I would love to speak with you. Perhaps one or more adults could join the youth during the Sunday school hour to share a brief word about what baptism means to them. Or, maybe we might include your stories in the worship service we are planning.
- If you’ve never been baptized and would like to consider taking this step of faith, the pastors would love to speak with you about that possibility. We would be delighted to be in conversation with you as you consider whether you might want to be baptized.
I am very much looking forward to having the opportunity to talk with our youth—and with any others who are interested–about what baptism means. I know many of our youth have been baptized already, and I look forward to conversations about how they understand the significance of that. And, while my time with the youth won’t be directed toward pressuring anyone, I will make it clear that our congregation would be delighted to celebrate with any who feel called to respond to God’s invitation to be baptized. It’s a joy and a privilege to be partnering with you as our congregation considers the new things God is doing among us.