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Gifted for Gratitude: Baptized into the Body of Christ

Gifted for Gratitude: Baptized into the Body of Christ

I am part of God's eternal family and our Emmanuel Church family...

Baptisms… Have you thought of them in the same light as weddings? Our bridegroom, Christ, puts "a ring" on our hands and says, "You and I are now bound together eternally." He covenants to cherish us and stay by our sides always. He protects us, provides for us, and gives purpose to our lives.

Spouses also gain new family members, and the same is true for baptisms. Take a look at the image accompanying this article. What do you see in the background? Eager, smiling faces. These church members are excited and grateful to be adding another member to their church family. They are privileged to love and serve beside this new family member, as well as look forward to being loved by him/her.

This scene is repeated at Emmanuel each time we share in a baptism, whether for a child, a youth, or an adult. We can also be sure that there is joyful party going on in heaven as the angels praise God for blessing this person with new life and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

As we daily live out the power and promises of our baptisms, let's celebrate our Emmanuel family and look for ways to encourage and serve each other. Let's also keep praying for family members God wants to join with us, that we stay fervent in our Gospel outreach to those neighbors not-yet saved!

Points to Ponder - Do you celebrate your baptism birthday? If yes, what do you do? If no, why not? What prayer commitments do the church members make regarding the person being baptized? In what ways have you fulfilled this commitment? What does it mean to you personally to be baptized into the Body of Christ, the Church? Discuss this question with your CG - What would you say to someone who says, "I don't have to be a member of a church to believe in God."?

READ 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (NIV)

12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

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  • 8 January 2017
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