I talk a little about this in the video below, but this was a big decision for me. In some divisions of Christianity, people baptize babies to cleanse them of their sinful nature. However, what we believe, & what I think the Bible teaches, is that baptism is not what cleanses us. Baptism is simply a demonstration of a decision that has already been made. A person needs to commit their life to Christ, which is what saves & cleanses them. After the commitment has been made, we are commanded to be baptized, which is a symbolic representation of that cleansing, & allows others to see the change we have been through.
When I was really young, around 7 years old probably, I prayed with my parents & was baptized. I remember doing this, but I don't remember a big change or commitment at that point. I just remember knowing that was something I was supposed to do. Later on, in middle school, I went to a Christian music festival. I remember hearing someone speak on stage, going forward, & making a commitment to start truly living for God. That is the point where my life started to change, & I have tried since then to make decisions based on what God wants, & not just what I want. I am definitely not perfect, but I am trying.
In the last few weeks, I have come to realize that the decision I made when I was in middle school was likely my first genuine commitment to Christ. I was never baptized after that point, & I wanted to make sure that I followed through with baptism after I understood that commitment, & not beforehand - not because that's something that could save me, because it isn't - but because I want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to be obedient in every way I can.
So last Sunday, I was baptized again. It was a really refreshing experience, & even though it had been so many years since my original decision, it feels so good to have followed through with this.
If you're struggling with making a commitment or decision for God, please know that it is never too late to follow through! I'd love to talk to you if you have any questions or are working through any of these issues.
The board above is our life board at Newpoint. In the 18 months that we have been having services at Newpoint, there have been 50 decisions made for Christ. Each light on the board represents a life that has been changed. I can't wait to see the rest of the board filled!