Colossians 2: 11-15
When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.
Every time we approach a baptism service here at StoneBridge, it takes me to a place of remembrance. I don't first remember when I was baptized. I actually first reminisce about the moment I laid myself at the mercy of Jesus and confessed my sins and pleaded for His saving Grace. I remember how I asked Him to come into my heart and be the Lord of my life. I remember the experience of going from feeling Lost to feeling hope. From feeling desperate to feeling loved. From the feeling of insecurity to the feeling of confidence. I also remember how LIFE tried to knock me down soon after I made that decision. How at times it seemed life got harder. The difference was and is, I now had an advocate. I had someone who actually defended me and had my back, when often times in life we question who our true friends are, or if there are actually people who will defend us when we need it. The difference was and is, I now have Jesus.
Then I think about the decision I made to be baptized. Baptism is not just the act of being fully submerged in water, representing dying to our sin, and being raised to Life in Christ. To me, baptism is also one of the greatest acts of worship. Because you are publicly displaying your commitment to the Lord, that you have decided to follow Christ. You are telling all of those people watching that you are a sinner and you asked Jesus to come into your life and take over, and you are fully committed to surrendering to Him. Baptism is a crucial "NEXT STEP", an important step, and it also serves as a reminder as you walk this journey in life, of Just how good God is and how He saved you. That is something worthy of worshiping Him about.
Dan Ousley - Worship Leader, StoneBridge Baptist Church