Here’s the (beautiful) thing about rebirth

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This morning IBEM broke in our new baptismal with fourteen beautiful baptisms. Everyone’s messed up and in need of big time help. Jesus, who is God, came to earth in order to die in our place so that we could get that help we need. When someone recognizes their need and takes Jesus up on His offer of grace, forgiveness, and life we Christians call this “salvation” or “getting saved.” The next step for a new Jesus-person is baptism, a full water immersion (for us Baptists) that represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Baptism also represents the death, burial, and resurrection of us. Our old and broken self dies, is buried and forgotten, and our new self rises to live and grow in freedom and in relationship with Jesus.

This morning I stood with my church family (and cried a bit) as fourteen of my new brothers and sisters proclaimed their new life to the world. As they did so, we sang.

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He decidido seguir a Cristo,
no vuelvo atrás, no vuelvo atrás.

El Rey de Gloria me ha transformado,
no vuelvo atrás, no vuelvo atrás.

La vida vieja ya he dejado,
no vuelvo atrás, no vuelvo atrás.

Si otros vuelven yo sigo a Cristo,
no vuelvo atrás, no vuelvo atrás.

La Cruz delante, el mundo atrás,
no vuelvo atrás, no vuelvo atrás.

Those who were baptized today are my friends. They are teenagers and children, students and parents, men and women. They are all people who have been rescued from the slavery of sin and meaningless living. The old has gone, the new has come. And it’s a beautiful thing.

 

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