One lord, one faith, one baptism. Ephesians 4:5
So what is baptism?
Martin Luther says it this way. “Baptism in not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s word”. What does this water and God’s Word do? “It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this.”
Why do we baptize? Christ said to do it and when Jesus says to do something, YOU DO IT!
Lutherans have no problem baptizing infants because…
- Included in “all nations” (Matthew 28:19)
- Sinful by nature and, therefore, are in need of forgiveness
- Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Psalm 51:5
- The promise is for you and your children (Acts 2:38)
- God does the work as a “means of grace.” If He does it and not us, it doesn’t need to be “redone.”
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit – Titus 3:5
Baptism, which corresponds to this [the flood waters of Noah’s time], now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ – 1 Peter 3:21
If you’re expecting a baby, are new parents or would simply like to learn more about the gift of life God gives through the miracle of Baptism, you are invited and encouraged to attend. To register, contact the church office at 630-553-7335.
When: On an as needed basis
Where: Room 169 at Cross
Leader: Roxane & Ken Griesmann