Acts 2:38-39—”Change your hearts and lives. Each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you, your children, and for all who are far away—as many as the Lord our God invites.”
Christians are invited to celebrate new life in Christ with a visible witness among the community, which we call baptism. Baptism is the mark of the new covenant that God has initiated through the gift of His son, Jesus. When we confess our sins, acknowledge our need to be rescued from our own brokenness by the grace of God’s unconditional love, and trust in the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit, we have entered into new and abundant life—the kingdom of heaven. Entrance into the kingdom is available to all, but it demands a sacrifice of self, a humbling of the spirit, a yielding to the heart of God, and a devotion to obedience to the will of the Father. When we are baptized, or when we are confirmed later, we are demonstrating ownership of our covenant relationship, and joyfully stepping into a life of purpose, where “this glorious ONE, Jesus the Christ, is our pursuit, our passion and our pleasure.” Today, we invite you to remember your baptism, be thankful, and renew your covenant commitment as a follower of Jesus.