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When someone says baptism what comes to your mind?Baptism

One of the most memorable baptisms that I was part of was in Alaska. Yes, it was cold, very cold. The baptism was in a small lake in the woods a mile or two from the church. Just the thought of getting into that water was enough to make the goose bumps pop up. Thanks to a push from another pastor, I endured the cold a little longer than he and the woman that we baptized.

The woman’s willingness to follow the Lord in water baptism even though the water was just a bit warmer than an ice cube was impressive. She was serious about her commitment to Christ and that spoke volumes to everyone.

Most of the time when the subject of baptism comes up we think of water baptism, but did you know that water baptism is not the only baptism mentioned in the New Testament?

The subject of this month’s candidate conference call is “Baptisms and Dedications Part 1” and we will learn what the Bible says about:

  • Water Baptism
  • Baptism into the Body of Christ
  • The Baptism of Repentance
  • The Baptism of Fire

In June, the subject for the call will be “Baptisms and Dedications Part 2” and we will learn about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Dedications.

The question to ask yourself as a candidate for ministerial credentials is this, “Could I explain and give a Biblical teaching on the four baptisms listed as this month’s topic?”

If not, then you really need to make this month’s call on the topic of baptisms a priority.

Watch for the call details in your email.

Chat with you soon,
Dr. Dave

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Guest - Debra King on Friday, 19 April 2013 02:31

Believe it or not, I was baptized three different times. The first time was the same day I accepted Christ. I was swooshed off to change my clothes and into the water. It was believed that that immediately made me a member of a local Baptist church. The second time took place after the pastors in a tiny holiness church stressed the need for me to be baptized specifically in the name of Jesus. The final baptizm took place shortly after moving to St. Joseph. The Holy Spirit began prodding me to be baptized again. I must admit that I resisted, afterall, didn't the first dunking take? Most assuredly the second one did. So, what was the need for a third baptism? Needless to say, I yielded to the Holy Spirit. As I approached the water, I came to the realization that God was calling me into a special place of service or ministry and this final baptizm was an act of preparation. As I stood before the entire congregation, with a camera projecting the entire event on two massive screens I was asked whether I wanted to say a few words? To everyone's amazement all I could do was temble and cry. That baptizm remains a precious memory to me.

Believe it or not, I was baptized three different times. The first time was the same day I accepted Christ. I was swooshed off to change my clothes and into the water. It was believed that that immediately made me a member of a local Baptist church. The second time took place after the pastors in a tiny holiness church stressed the need for me to be baptized specifically in the name of Jesus. The final baptizm took place shortly after moving to St. Joseph. The Holy Spirit began prodding me to be baptized again. I must admit that I resisted, afterall, didn't the first dunking take? Most assuredly the second one did. So, what was the need for a third baptism? Needless to say, I yielded to the Holy Spirit. As I approached the water, I came to the realization that God was calling me into a special place of service or ministry and this final baptizm was an act of preparation. As I stood before the entire congregation, with a camera projecting the entire event on two massive screens I was asked whether I wanted to say a few words? To everyone's amazement all I could do was temble and cry. That baptizm remains a precious memory to me.
Pastor Dave Smuin on Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:45

The memory of my Baptism is one of my favorite and I am very excited to learn more during our conference call!!

The memory of my Baptism is one of my favorite and I am very excited to learn more during our conference call!!:):)
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