Saturday, September 5, 2009
So, on August 22, Hogan, Owen, and Leannora were baptized. I am still trying to get a grip on the whole baptism thing. I know every parent has different beliefs on this one, but anywho, here's what we did. I haven't pushed them on it. But, I have made it clear that Jesus instructed his disciples to make more disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit. As far as I can tell, it's just a simple testimony to yourself and any witnesses (if any). It seems to be an outward sign of and inward reality (purification/sanctification). God instructed the Iraelites to wash certain items or people to sanctify them for service in God's temple.
Anyway, the three children all asked me if they can be baptized. So, I did. We had some family and some church meet down at the Rock River at a boat launch behind a little tavern in a little town called Indianford. It was fast and simple and done. However, Owen didn't like the crowd, so I baptized him before everyone got there.
So, I told them since they're baptized disciples of Messiah, it's their job to continue walking with Him, learning His teachings... and then to make more disciples and baptize them.
So, that's the best of my understanding on the subject. I'm just thankful that they are learning to really know God. Praise to God!