It is with joy and praise that we witness the Baptism of Ella and Ruby today. Both girls have expressed their faith in Jesus and will proclaim this in the outward action of their baptism this week. Praise God. Max Lucado has an excellent study on Baptism that is available on line. https://scofc.org.au/who-are-we/baptism/
“Baptism is like a precious jewel—set apart by itself, it is nice and appealing but has nothing within it to compel. But place baptism against the backdrop of our sin and turn on the light of the cross, and the jewel explodes with significance. Baptism at once reveals the beauty of the cross and the darkness of sin. As a stone has many facets, baptism has many sides: cleansing, burial, resurrection, the death of the old, and the birth of the new. Just as the stone has no light within it, baptism has no inherent power. But just as the stone refracts the light into many colours, so baptism reveals the many facets of God’s grace. Once a person admits his or her sin and turns to Christ for salvation, some step must be taken to proclaim to heaven and earth that he or she is a follower of Christ. Baptism is that step. Baptism is the initial and immediate step of obedience by one who has declared his or her faith to others.”
Please pray for Ella and Ruby and their parents and their loved ones as they continue to follow Jesus.
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:5-7, ESV