Lent is often a period of preparation for Baptism & Renewal of Baptismal Vows at the Great Easter Eve Vigil or Easter Day.
Baptism is a Sacrament.
‘A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace’. A sacrament is a sign in that it points to something other than itself, but it is more than a sign in that it gives an inward and spiritual grace to the person who receives it.
We baptise because Jesus commanded us to baptise.
Jesus’ teaching about baptism is clearly stated in his discussion with Nicodemus (John 3:1-8). This is not an easy concept to understand, but it is a vital part of our Christian experience.
When someone is baptised, that person is brought to Jesus Christ,
and made a member of Christ’s Church. It is a new start to life in which the baptised person is accepted and sealed by God with the Holy Spirit to represent Christ to the world.
As a response to the baptism which God gives us,
we declare our faith and intention to serve Christ, and ask for God’s continuing grace to support us in the task to which we are called.
Through prayer and fellowship
within the body of Christ God strengthens and nourishes us.
In summary, Baptism is the sacrament by which we are made children of God, members of Christ’s body the Church and heirs to the realm of God.
Water is the outward and visible sign by which a person is baptised in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Those seeking baptism need to renounce evil and turn from sin to Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Most importantly is the spiritual truth that our faith begins not with what we do for God, but what God does for us.
The Venerable David van Oeveren