Why Three Times?
After the Baptism on Sunday, many have asked me why I dunked our newest member three times in the Sacrament of Baptism. Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Matthew in the Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) And in that triune formula, Father-Son-Spirit, I let the waters of Baptism cover her three times!
As you probably know, my ordination is in the United Church of Christ. I was baptized as an infant and later went through Confirmation. Although I’ve baptized several people, adults and children alike, this was only my third immersion! Perhaps I have a bit to learn! As we learn in Matthew above, I will continue to Baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but perhaps just dunk them once in the future.
What is important, of course, is not the amount of water, but the recognition of God’s love, forgiveness, and new life in Christ in the person being baptized, for the Holy Spirit cleanses us, empowers us, and convicts us. May we remember our own Baptism and the gift of redemption and salvation in Jesus Christ!
Blessings and Peace,
For the month of November, we will return to the Gospel of Matthew. We’ll begin with a passage about integrity, humility, and service, but then we will move into Matthew 25, with three stories that teach us about faith and action.
November 1, 2020: Matthew 23:1-12, “The Exaltation of Humility”
November 8, 2020: Matthew 25:1-13, “A Ready Faith”
November 15, 2020: Matthew 25:14-30, “The Risk of Faith”
November 22, 2020: Matthew 25:31-46, “Faith Must Act”
For November 15, 2020, we will look at Matthew 25:14-30, “The Risk of Faith.” What are we to do with the blessings of God? Keep it safe or risk it all? We’ll look at the Parable of the Talents.
Our Newest Member
Leigh Ann Bauman was baptized into the Christian Faith on Sunday, November 8, 2020. She also joined Lake Ozark Christian Church. She is a realtor in the Lake area and has two daughters, Isabella and Olivia. She found out about our church through Pastor Ron who happens to be her next-door neighbor. Click here to watch her Baptism.
Sermon from November 8, 2020
Missed the sermon from last week? On November 8, 2020, we looked at Matthew 25:1-13, “A Ready Faith.” In the parable of the 10 bridesmaids, Jesus teaches us that the wise one is vigilant in faith, prepared, and always ready to serve. Click here to watch the last sermon.