Repent and Be Baptized

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Baptism cleanses us, and it gives us a clear conscience before God. There is incredible power in having a clean conscience before God because if you find that, you see all these other areas of your life can begin to break free. But before there can be this type of cleansing, there needs to be conviction. In Acts 2, Peter says your response to feeling conviction due to your sins should be to repent and be baptized. The gift of the holy spirit is parallel to this action. 

Throughout Romans 6, we consistently see covenantal language, showing us that something powerful happens that connects all of these things together when we identify with the death, burial, and the resurrection of Jesus through baptism. It is similar to that of a wedding ceremony, where a couple stands up in a public ceremony and makes committments and vows to one another. It's bringing together devotion. It's declaring their old single life is gone and their new married life has come.

There is a temptation to think the action of baptism doesn't matter, or it's just a nice ceremony or gesture, but there's something crucial that happens in baptism, because Jesus is the only one who can save. And it may be a little bit scary, intimidating, or humbling, but we pray that we all are willing to say, “I identify with Jesus. I am living, dying to myself, being raised to walk in a new way of life.”

DISCUSSION/REFLECTION QUESTION: Have you identified baptism as creating a covenant between you and God previously? In what ways has your perspective of baptism changed?

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  • Joe Douthitt

    Joe Douthitt

    It almost sounds too simple! - "Naaman’s servants went to him and said, 'My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’! So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.'" - 2 Kings 5:13-14

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