This evening I met with one of the elders of my church, Terry, to discuss my baptism. It was really neat talking with him about how I came to know Christ and how my time in college has impacted and strengthenedmy faith. It was a sweet time, both of us expressing how exciting it is that I am getting baptized. What a celebration it will be! Me declaring to the world that God and I are in a permanent relationship! I am praying that my friends and family will be able to make it, but if not they will be there in spirit. Terry shared this passage with me and I wanted to pass it along. This is what the Bible tells us about baptism; the burring of the old self- putting sin to death- and the birth of the new self with Christ dwelling within us…
1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
‘Baptism’ by Kenny Chesney and Randy Travis (this was the only video I could find that wasn’t a cover done by a random guy)