Dear brothers and sisters,

I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who
invites us to be his ambassadors in the world.

In Matthew 28, Jesus gave what is usually referred to as the
great commission.
The passage reads, “Go therefore and
make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching
them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (verses 19-20).

 

Indeed, before ascending into heaven, Jesus charged his disciples to continue his ministry on earth and make new
disciples through baptism. A few weeks ago, I referred to some of the church’s teachings and policies on Baptism. One of the lessons to learn from the aforementioned  passage is that we must never take the sacrament of Baptism lightly. Through Baptism we begin the process through which we put on Christ forever. Paul in his letter to the Romans explains that through Baptism, we are buried with Christ and assume a new life and identity (chapter 6). Infant Baptism is not a form of dedication or presentation; it is our initiation into Christ and the start of our journey with Christ.

 

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