Baptism

New Life By Water And A Word Of Promise

God desires life to overflow with goodness. We’re not born that way. We’re not treated that way. We don’t naturally know that goodness is God’s intent for the whole world. So God acts for us. In Jesus Christ, God calls us beloved.

Through clean, gushing water and the promise of God’s perfect intent for life, God says "yes" to who we are and to who we can become. No strings attached. In Baptism God claims us as God’s own "to live — walk, talk and breathe — in newness of life" (Romans 6:4).

Commitment

New life is astonishing. Baptized life is energizing. God is always for us — daily. And we are free always to be for others — daily.

In Baptism, God is so committed to us and puts so much into us that we can be freely committed to others. We no longer see other people as competitors, enemies or distant people to be forgotten, but as neighbors. Neighbors to be loved just as God loves us. Baptized Christians recognize God in other human beings. Baptized Christians are committed to others, just like God.

Community

"If God is for us," Saint Paul writes, "who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31b).

Answer: No one.

Baptized people never live life alone. Life is lived in community with God and one another. As community together, God intends the life of the community and each life in the community overflows with goodness.

We pray for one another, care for one another, support one another, grow with one another, and serve one another. And when we fail, we forgive. In all things, we strive to live in faith toward God and in fervent love toward one another.