First Baptist Church of Columbia
Sunday, November 23, 2014
There are many beautiful symbols that make deep and powerful statements. A wedding ring, though small in size, is very large in significance. Made of precious metal, it is a reminder that true love is not cheap or common; in fact, it may cost us dearly. Made in a circle, the design reminds us that love must be continuous and the marriage commitment should never end. A wedding ring is an outward statement of a very deep inward commitment. The most beautiful symbol or statement of life change for followers of Christ is seen in baptism. It is an outward symbol of a very significant inward commitment to Jesus Christ. Jesus gave us the example of baptism (Matthew 3:13-17), and commanded baptism as a part of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Baptism is a public statement that someone has committed their life to Jesus and wants to identify with Him. There are many misconceptions about what baptism is and what it does.
 
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