Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday service
Baptism is a powerful force in the life of a Christian for two reasons. 1) It is something we share in common. Christians all over the world can say that they were baptized in Christ. You meet a Catholic in Ireland, he/she was baptized. You meet a Pentecostal in Nigeria, he/she was baptized. 2) The second reason Baptism is a powerful force is that baptism takes us back to the basics. We share by our faith this common symbol, this initiation, this rite, this power of God over the deep and often raging chaos of life. All over the world Baptism unites us. As parents and teachers and leaders today we would do well to remember that life is still composed of basics. That is why, when Mark chose to open his Gospel, he did so with the Baptism of Jesus at the Jordan. Baptism reminds us of the three R's of the soul: Repentance, Righteousness, and Revelation.
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