The Power of Baptism
Baptisms are a key component of our walk with Christ. Perhaps you are interested in having a child baptized or being baptized yourself? Please contact the King of Kings office to learn more about baptism and how to schedule a private service.
What is Baptism?
Martin Luther teaches: “Baptism is not water only, but it is water used together with God’s Word and by His command.”
What is this “Word”?
In Matthew 28, our Lord Jesus Christ says: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
What is a Sacrament?
In Lutheran faith, a sacrament is something that has THREE parts to it…
1. A Command by Christ – Again, Jesus tells us in Matthew 28 to “go” and to “baptize” all nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Jesus told us to do it, so we do!
2. Earthly Element(s) – In Baptism, the earthly element is water
3. Promise From God – In Baptism, God forgives sin, delivers us from death and the devil, and gives everlasting salvation to all who believe what he has promised.
How can water do such great things?
Our Lutheran faith teaches: “It’s not water that does these things, but God’s Word with the water and our trust in His Word. Water by itself is water, but with the Word of God, it is a life-giving water which by grace gives the new birth through the Holy Spirit.”
What does baptism mean for daily living?
It means that our sinful self, with its evil acts and desires, should be drowned through daily repentance; and that day after day a new self should arise to live with God in righteousness and purity forever. St. Paul writes in Romans 6: “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
What are we promising by presenting our child for baptism, or by being a sponsor?
• To bring this child to worship.
• To teach this child the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments.
• To place in this child’s hands the Holy Scriptures.
• To provide for this child’s instruction in the Christian faith.