Confessions, Why I Was Baptized Twice
"Tomorrow, 5 pm at Midtown Tulsa Life.Church, I'm publicly showing my next step through baptism. Though I was baptized as a child, my belief really began just a few years ago. The relationship between Jesus and me has been a rocky one, but even when I pull away, He calls me back and never gives up. For all He has done for me and the world, I am eternally thankful and excited for tomorrow."
I posted this on my Facebook April 29th, 2016 and the following day I was baptized for the second time. The event was very exciting and emotional. Just a few hours before my baptism I asked my husband if he would like to take a bigger role and be in the pool helping to baptize me. He did, and it was an incredibly special and spiritual moment for us as a couple.
I was so thankful that some of my family came from out of town and my husband's parents came. Baptism at Life.Church is an absolute celebration. They have specific weekends set aside during the year for the event, so everyone at every campus who wants to get baptized is during these Baptism Weekends. Baptism takes place during worship which creates a fantastic atmosphere charged with enthusiasm. One of the best parts of baptism is leaving the sanctuary after you exit the pool, you are cheered for and high-fived by people all the way to the changing area. The sense of community and fellowship is truly inspiring, powerful, and humbling.
If you noticed, I said this was my second time being baptized.
I was first baptized when I was seven at Calvary Chapel, my father's church in Utah. Before I explain the story behind my second baptism, let's talk about what baptism means.
Baptism - What is it and what does it mean?
"Baptism is a picture of death, burial, and resurrection" (NewSpring Church 2017).
Baptism is the outward symbol of what has changed inwardly; God is changing His followers from the inside.
We are no longer slaves to sin but have been freed and resurrected in Christ Jesus.
Romans 6:4 states that "For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives."
Baptism is also about going public with our faith.
It is showing the world that Jesus is the Lord of our life. Just as there are witnesses at a wedding, who are there to hold the couple accountable to the vow they made to each other before God, those who witness a baptism can help keep the person baptized accountable in their new life in Christ.
Additionally, baptism is "a step of obedience based on God’s commands [Matthew 28:18-20] and allows us to follow the example of Jesus, who submitted himself to baptism [Matthew 3:16-17] to 'fulfill all righteousness'" (Life.Church 2017).
Why I chose to be baptized again.
"Being baptized is not equal to salvation; it shows a picture of salvation" (NewSpring Church 2017). Being baptized is not what saves a person. Salvation is a free gift from God. When we turn to Jesus in faith and give Him our life, we are saved. "Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith" (Life.Church 2017).
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." ~ Romans 6:23
Ten years after being fist baptized, while at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) high-school meeting, the speaker said: "And I knew that I was saved and was going to Heaven after I died." I remember so distinctly thinking,
"How does she know this?"
It took me another ten years after that to understand and believe how she knew, and how I could know. Ten more years, after battling an eating disorder to finally learn to love myself because Jesus loved me enough to give His life for me. Ten more years to realize that my past didn't define me, I was a new creation in Christ Jesus. So after several months of considering getting rebaptized, I finally decided to do it, God had been encouraging and prompting me to take this next step.
I want to make it clear that I did not get baptized again because I thought I had lost my salvation.
I got baptized again because this marked the season in my life in which my faith became my own, this marked my salvation, not my first baptism.
It took two decades after my first baptism to actually understand what salvation meant, to fully grasp what Jesus did for me and accept the amazing gift of grace.
"Baptism is a symbol of a one-time salvation" (NewSpring Church 2017).
My life has changed so much this being baptized. I began serving, I began blogging, and my husband and I started tithing faithfully.
Though life hasn't gotten easier, I can better see the value in every area of my life, and I can live more joyfully. I realize more and more how much I need Jesus in every area of my life.
Thank you for allowing me to share my story with you, I hope this can be an inspiration and encouragement to you!
Yours Truly, LeNae
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Our Beliefs. Life.Church. Date Accessed April 28, 2017. https://www.life.church/beliefs/
What Does Baptism Mean? - NewSpring Church. Date accessed April 21, 2017. https://newspring.cc/studies/going-public-a-7-day-study-about-baptism-and-why-it-matters/what-does-baptism-mean
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