Sunday, 5th April 2015
Rev. Daniel Poon
We are so blessed to have five brothers and sisters getting baptised this Easter. Before the baptism, Rev. Daniel shared with us Matthew 28:19-20, which was what Jesus said before He ascended to Heaven.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
1. The Meaning of Baptism
a. It represents the death and resurrection of Jesus – We are all sinners, but Jesus died for us so we can receive eternal life; therefore through baptism, our old life died and our new life raised with Jesus. “Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:12)
b. It indicates the unity with Jesus’ death – being baptised, we recognise that we receive a new life, because of Jesus’ sacrifice. “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:4)
2. The Reason to be Baptized
a. Follow the Example of Jesus – Jesus is the law, and as Christians, our ultimate goal is to be more like Him. “At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:9)
b. Follow the Command of Jesus – clearly being baptised and baptising people are what Jesus told us to do. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19)
3.Commit to the Church
Baptism is not a full stop, but the beginning to a new journey. In order to carry out a life Jesus wants us to live, we need to commit to church, receive its teaching, and become a part of this big family. As it says in Ephesians 2:19, “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.”
Rev. Daniel shared three important truth:
- Church is a family.
- God expects you to be a member of this church family.
- A Christian without a church family is a spiritual orphan.
God has already prepared a place to show His abundant love for us, He has prepared everything, just like how parents prepared for their new born babies. After our brothers and sisters are baptised, the whole church is waiting for them, welcoming them to the big family, and letting them know that their are not alone.
Rev. Daniel reminded all of us our church declaration, which represents who we are as the big family of Bread of Life Christian Church in South Auckland.
We are healthy, excellent, full of blessings, and a 21st century church, which is humane, modernised, and internationalised. We believe the Grace of God can bring hope to the hopeless, bring comfort to the broken-hearted, make the poor rich, and make the weak strong. We declare that in the future you and I can become blessings to the societies, perform outstanding leadership in different professions, gain success in family, marriage, career, and relationships, and be the salt and light of this world.
This is not a merely a dream but an achievable goal, as long as we work and live together in one accord, and trust in God, then through this big family, we can all become salt and light of this world!