Belief is important, but belief alone is not evidence that someone is actively walking with Jesus. The ritual of baptism is, therefore, more than a sign of believing, it is also a tangible sign of a person’s willingness to follow Jesus in acts of obedience. Join us for part two of Ripple Effects where we explore the differences between a religious ritual and a life-changing encounter with God.
Passage (read it):
Principle (know it):
Baptism is a sign of becoming.
Baptism is a sign that our lives are being changed by what we believe.
Practice (do it):
Identify what has changed in you since beginning to follow Jesus. What still needs to be changed? What will it require of you to allow God to do a transformative work in you?
This week’s daily readings focus on the lives of people who had transformative encounters with God. As you read each passage, invite the Holy Spirit to prepare you for a transformative encounter with God.
What is Baptism?, by R.C. Sproul
All the Bible Teaches About Baptism, by Jerome Goodwin
I am a Church Member, by Thom Rainer
Jesus of Nazareth: From Baptism to Transfiguration, by Joseph Ratzinger