My Baptism

26 Dec
“There’s only one thing that makes us right with God, and it’s not water; the only thing that makes us right with God is Jesus.”

On December 13th, my good friend, Elizabeth, her younger brother, Nathan, and I got baptized at our church, Grace Foothills, in Tryon.  It was GF’s first baptism service since it started two years ago, and it was also the first baptism our pastor had ever administered.  It was a really awesome day for us all.

One thing about our baptism that was a little different than what most people are used to was that we were not “dunked”… we were “sprinkled.”  Here is what Grace says concerning their mode of baptism:

Grace believes that Scripture teaches that sprinkling (technically called ‘aspersion’) is the proper mode of water baptism. We sprinkle water on a person and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament when God makes the covenant with Israel in Exodus 24:3-8, Moses sprinkles blood on the altar and then on the people of God. When he consecrates Aaron and his sons to be priests Moses again sprinkles blood on them (Ex 29:19ff). And to cover the sins of the people the priest was to sprinkle blood on the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant (Leviticus 16:15ff.) The prophet Ezekiel looked forward to the New Covenant in this way:

For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. (Ezekiel 36:24-27)

And in the New Testament we see the same things in Hebrews 9:10-14 where washings (baptisms in the original language) is equated with sprinkling in the next verses. And Hebrews 12:24 says specifically that ‘We have come ‘to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.’

So just a heads-up before you watch the video and wonder where in the world our baptismal font is 😉

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