Thursday, April 22, 2010
For a day in detail... I'm having trouble getting pictures on here tonight, but will hopefully have some soon. Graham had a fun birthday day, though! Nat took the morning off to take him canoeing (G was pumped because he saw an alligator and because a turtle almost went down his pants!) then they both came home for lunch. G opened his presents from us at lunch and played all afternoon while Nat went to church to get some work done and I attempted to pull a little party together for him (aka the cake fell apart so I spent a lot of time trying to sweet talk the icing into holding it together for me!). Graham's little buddies from his church class (and their families) came for pizza, cake, and to celebrate Graham's birthday with us!! The sky threatened rain but thankfully it was a beautiful night for lots of little feet to run around outside while the adults enjoyed some fellowship together. And Graham made sure that everyone knew that he was having a Clifford cake (he loves that big red dog)! We all really had a fun time and we were glad to have Graham's friends share it with him.
Happy Birthday again, Graham!! We love you love you love you!!!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Baptism is one of the two sacraments (the other being the Lord's Supper) that Jesus gave us to serve as signs and seals of his covenant of grace.
After God made his covenant with Abraham in Genesis 1
7, saying “And I will establish my covenant betwee
n me and you and your offspring after you...” he gave the sign of circumcision to be given to all male Israelites as a sign and seal of this covenant of grace; serving as a sign to those who were born into the covenant, and sealing the promises of God to all who put their faith in him.
The bloody sign given to Abraham points to the blood Jesus suffered on the cross for the atoning of sins and no longer serves as a picture of what is to come. Therefore, after his death and resurrection, Jesus replaced the sign of the covenant with that of the Baptism of water.
In Acts 2:38-9 Peter, on the day of Pentecost, instructs all to repent and be baptized, and points back to the Covenant promise made to Abraham and his offspring, when he says, “For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” Showing us that just as the children of covenant before Christ received the sign of the covenant, the children of believing parents should receive the sign of membership in the covenant family, and the seal of God's pledge to keep his promise to all those who come to saving faith in
The sacrament of baptism is not a memorial or dedication, but a means of grace and a sign and seal of that grace.
Nor is the sacrament of baptism a washing away of this child's sin, rather it signifies the washing away of sin by Jesus' blood to all who come to faith in Christ.
Neither will Kate become a Christian today, as if it were through this sacrament, rather she will be brought into the covenant family where her faith will be encouraged not only by believing parents, but through a family of believers within the church as a whole.
It is for these reasons that we baptize, and I encourage you, as we administer this sacrament, that you spend time and remember your own baptism and the sign and seal it serves you, allow it to uplift your faith this morning as you remember the work God began in you.
We love you, sweet Kate!!