Saturday, October 21, 2006

Baptisms!! A new start for a Christian!!

I am writing about baptisms in my first blog because tomorrow I am getting baptised. I am really excited about this, and I cannot wait to declare publically that I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and have my sins literally washed away.
I was up at a very early hour this morning to attend a meeting about my baptism to learn what the Bible says about it. I already knew that being baptised meant washing away our sins for good and having a completely new start, but I didn't realise that it was a 'must-do' in the Bible. What more reason do you need as a Christian to get baptised than for Jesus himself to command it?

'Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.' (Matthew 28, v18-19.)

Even after looking at this, I question why I took so long to get baptised after becoming a christian. When I had a choice a few months ago, I said no because I didnt think I was ready. But I was already qualified.

When I get covered in water tomorrow, all my sins of the past will be washed away. I will be completely new and I cannot wait for that. In the 5 and a half months I have been a christian I have really become close to God, but I want to be closer. Everyday, my relationship with God is getting stronger and my full trust in God is getting more and more complete. I will post again tomorrow with pictures from my baptism.

God bless,
Jason Kirk

1 comment:

Gary said...

How many steps did you complete to receive the "free gift" of Salvation?

Is this a "free" gift?

I tell my child that I have an incredible gift for him. However, in order for the gift to be his, he must:

1. apologize for his bad behavior and sincerely mean it.
2. he must commit to change his ways and follow MY ways for the rest of his life.
3. he must make a decision that he WANTS my gift.
4. he must then approach me, hold out his hands, ask me for the gift, and cooperate with me, as I place the gift into his hands.

If he does all this, he will receive his gift. But...if he chooses to reject my gift, I will damn him to HELL!

Now is this "gift" really a gift...or a REWARD for making the right decision?

No, that is NOT a gift.
This is a gift: "Dear Son, I have a gift for you. Here it is. I love you more than words can describe", and then I place the gift in my son's lap. No strings attached. The gift is his. He did nothing to receive it. I did everything.

THAT is a gift!

So what is God's free gift? It is the whole salvation package: faith, belief, repentance, forgiveness of sins, atonement, and eternal life. It is ALL free... to those whom God has predestined, before the world existed, for reasons we do not know, to be his children.