Household Baptism

One of the most beautiful things a church can experience is an entire household being brought into the family of God. Throughout the Scripture, God expresses his love for us through the covenant of grace, a promise that establishes our relationship with him.

When God called Abraham to leave everything behind and follow him, he made a promise. “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” Abraham responded to this promise with simple faith. “Abraham believed God and he counted it to him as righteousness.” After that, God sealed the covenant by asking Abraham to be circumcised along with all the males in his household. This bloody sign reminded God’s people of his commitment to them and pointed forward to Jesus.

Today, the church continues to relate to God in the same way, with the faith of Abraham. And since the covenant of grace was fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the sign has changed to baptism. We don’t believe that the water of baptism itself saves anyone, but it’s a picture of the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit. It’s God’s way of saying, “You are my people, and I am your God.” That’s why we baptize believers and their children. The promise is for everyone in the household of faith.

Last month, our sister Mykisha Keitt received God’s grace and put her faith in Jesus for the first time—and she was ready to be baptized. And just like Abraham in the Old Testament and Lydia in the New, Mykisha presented her children for baptism, too. Household baptism puts God’s covenant faithfulness on display for all to see.

May God bring many more families into relationship with him.

That water was cold!

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