Everyone should at least watch a baptism by immersion. While I affirm infant baptism by sprinkling water on a child’s head, as it places the emphasis for salvation on the work of God, only baptism by immersion fully expresses the ideal of becoming dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
I did not experience my first baptism by immersion until I found myself standing waist deep in a mucky pond about to baptize a man who had insisted on immersion. Having been trained as a lifeguard, I had inklings of what could go wrong. At worst the candidate for baptism would panic, slip off the narrow ledge we stood on, and pull me under as well. Physical death was a real possibility, for both of us.
Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
— Romans 6:4
The challenges come after baptism, when followers of Jesus must turn from sin and walk in the newness of life.
This Sunday, June 25th, I will focus on Romans 6:1-11, providing a brief note for context, so that we might better understanding being dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Pastor, Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church