Baptism rebirth by the Spirit
Baptism of Jesus
I'm going to do my first hub on baptism as I'm being baptised tomorrow. I have been a Christian for about 18 months and can honestly say I feel born anew in Christ each day. I feel emmersed in the Spirit at all times. I know that God had called me to be baptised at this time and feel a real sense of joy to be doing so.
Despite this joy, I am a bit saddened that my family and friends won't be coming along. However, it seems to me that they truly have no understanding of the meaning of baptism at all. Does the world even know in basic terms what baptism symbolises? From conversations with many people who aren't Christians I have come to think not.
It is so common still (compared to other Christian traditions) for a child to be baptised whether or not the parents are believers. Many timespeople have spoken to me of their own baptism or a child/ grandchilds- and they seems to have no emotional or spiritual link to the meaning of it at all.
This reminds me of a recent online campaign I was invited to join entitled 'Keep Christ in Christmas'. At what point did Christ come out of Christmas? He hasn't, but the world has removed Him by force! Given this, is it any surprise that there is no Holy Spirit in the practice which symbolises batism by the Spirit?
What does baptism mean to the world??
I would be really interested in any opinions people have, especially if there could be a mix of Christians and people who aren't. I would appreciate a wider scoped understanding of this.
Grace and peace to you all,
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