“Do you no know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:3,4
Baptism is sometimes described as a drowning. A drowning of our sinful nature, of the part of us that wants to live only for ourselves and our own happiness and fulfilment. This life, while often pleasurable, leads to emptiness and death, to seperation from God.
In the waters of Baptism, this part of us is put to death and we are connected to Jesus’ death on the cross. And just as Jesus was raised from the dead, Jesus gives us this gift of new and eternal life in Baptism. We are made a child of God, sealed by the Holy Spirit, and marked with the cross of Christ forever.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean we are able to stop sinning, not while we are yet living in this world. Receiving the gift of Baptism does mean that we never again have to question God’s love for us and that close relationship that Jesus makes possible, but we still have to daily die to this part of us that wants to live for ourselves, and continually wake up to this new life that Jesus gives us.
Basically, the whole point of any Christian Education program, of personal devotions, spiritual practices, of small group ministries, is to wake us up, to open our hearts, brains, and eyes to this new life that we already have in Jesus Christ from the moment we were baptized.
Just like your mom got you out of bed when you are little, it is the Holy Spirit who wakes us up to who we really are and what life is really all about. One of the primary ways the Holy Spirit wakes us up is through hearing, studying, discussing, and absorbing the Word of God given to us in the Holy Bible.
The Bible is one of the greatest gifts we have. It is the source of inspiration for all other Christian spiritual writings. And while some of it is powerful from the first time it is heard, some of it can be confusing, which sometimes keeps us away from the Bible.
St. Paul has many opportunities for all ages that awaken faith in Jesus Christ: for youth and families, for young adults, and for adults. Please explore the web site and contact Pastor Judy or Sherie Hanft to find the group that will help awaken faith in your life.