Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Baptism

It seems like everybody does baptism a little differently.  Some sprinkle, some dunk, some go backwards, some go forwards, some go under once, some go under three times, some do it as infants, some do it upon profession of faith.

I'm not looking to get into an argument about the nitty-gritty differences of different denominations.  Honestly, I don't think the how is a big deal at all.  It's the why.   Our church believes in a believer's baptism as a way to publicly proclaim that you believe Jesus died on the cross for your sins.  (We dunk 3 times forward, in case you're wondering!) :)

My sweet boy knows that he has Jesus in his heart, so he decided that he wanted to be baptized so that he could tell everybody how much he loved Jesus.  We went through a little book that our church gives to kids who want to be baptized, and we also had him meet with our head pastor so that he could talk with him as well. 

We went step-by-step through everything that would happen, to try to avoid any surprises.  Matt had the privilege of being able to baptize Caleb himself.  He was afraid he wouldn't make it through without crying, but he did great!  

Unfortunately, I can't load the video on here.  I think it's too big.  It is on Facebook, if you're a friend of mine.










We wanted to make this day special for Caleb, so we had a little reception afterwards with family and a few friends.

Caleb's wonderful teacher came, although I sadly forgot to get a picture of him with her before she left.  She gave him this cute turtle, which he adores!



Both sets of grandparents were there to celebrate with him.

Mommom came to watch too!

Here he is with a few of his cousins.  His Aunt Amy and Uncle Bruce were there with their whole family, but I only got a picture with these two kiddos.  Sorry about that!  

We're so proud of our boy!  He wore the cross we gave him to school so that he could tell everybody about his baptism and what it means.  



1 comment:

Raelyn said...

Julie....
Congrats on Caleb's baptism!! That is wonderful!! ;-D
I remember when I was baptized. Our 3rd Grade Sunday School class preached on its spiritual benefits. Then, whoever wished to be baptized could. Some did. Others were not quite ready. But I wanted to be baptized!! So, with our children's pastor and my Dad flanking me, I participated!! Oh, and by the way? They only dunked me in those warm pool waters once!! "In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost". ;)
--Raelyn