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The Plunge AFTER I Believed

In honor of our next baptism coming up on February 1st I began thinking about my own:

I was baptized on April 20th, 1997, the day after my daughter Madison's 1st birthday (I gave my life to JESUS on the previous Sunday, April 13th). One difficult circumstance that happened with my baptism was sharing with my family (mom and dad) that I was being baptized. Why? Because being raised Catholic, I had already been "baptized" (sprinkled) in the eyes of my family.

I remember the tension of telling them I was being baptized – why did I tell them? I HAD TO! Why? Because they were already planning on coming to church that day because Madison was being dedicated. I had no choice. (which reminds me that God does have a sense of humor – I probably would've wussed out and told them later otherwise).

The reason you always hear me ask, "have you been baptized SINCE you believed?" is because I know that many times a person has been baptized prior to conversion because of the denomination that their parents raised them in.

Is post-conversion baptism important? IT'S HUGE!!! It's literally the 1st step as a new believer! It's saying to the world, "Yes!! I Believe that Jesus Christ has begun changing my heart!". I am one of those guys of the persuasion who believes that you will never live a productive life as a believer if you won't even take the first step of obedience through baptism.

Personally for me, once I got through the difficulty of sharing the news of my baptism with my parents, the day was AMAZING FOR ME! I knew that I had begun a new journey, a new life with a new leader – I could feel it as I was lowered into those waters of baptism - when I come up LIFE BEGINS

If you've not been baptized SINCE you believed and would like more information or would like to be scheduled for baptism on February 1st, let me know.

Let us learn more about you: Share with the WholeHearted readers the story of your baptism day.

(One more thing: Hope you caught yesterday's post about tension – it's short but it will challenge you!)

14 Comments on "The Plunge AFTER I Believed"

  1. Robby says:

    Mike, I agree with you that the Lord has a sense of humor…when Donnie Paschall baptised me, he slid/stumbled/bumped down the steps,sending waves splashing over the edges and catching himself on the side of the pool (I don’t remember what he said when he regained control of his fall,but the whole church burst out laughing!). At that moment, I smiled knowing that God had made my baptism special.. God truly is worthy of this act of faith and commitment !

  2. mike p says:

    Robby – that is GREAT!!! Maybe God made it “stand out” because you were one of those that some would have counted out; one of those believers thought would never bow his knee to Jesus…
    …and now look: not only did you bow the knee but literally lead people into the holy place that He resides through the medium of worship.

  3. Wendy says:

    I was bapitized when I was ten at East Lumberton Baptist Chruch (HP’s “mother” church). We didn’t have a baptistery in our little Hyde Park sanctuary back in 1988. We always had baptism on Sunday afternoons at East Lumberton…it was a little service all by itself. Preacher Dennis baptized me and my friends Felicia (Thomas) Nobles and (Jennifer) Hope Lamb on the same Sunday. It was on my grandmother’s birthday–August 10th. Even though no one took pictures of it, I still can see everything in my mind and remember all that happened. Even as a child, I knew how special that day was. Glad I got to share it with you.

  4. mike p says:

    Yes!!! Isn’t this fun? Great story, Wendy.

  5. Deb Cadovius says:

    I was blessed enough to get to share that special day with my twin sister, Denise. We were both saved around the age of 7, but Daddy wanted us to wait for baptism until we fully understood the choice we made (something I deeply respect and thank him for). Then, a few years later, we both asked to be baptized. At that time, we were attending a church in Tabor City that Daddy didn’t pastor and we were excited ’cause he got to experience it as our Father instead of our pastor. I was baptized first only because I was born first…we were both scared because we hated putting our faces under water. But it was a day we’ll both never forget. I remember feeling “grown up” because I made the decision on my own. What a great day to share with my twin!

  6. Rhonda says:

    I committed my life to the Lord on Sunday, October 18, 1998 and was baptized on Sunday October 25, 1998 at Hyde Park. Not only did Pastor Dennis baptize me but also Shane at the same time; little did we know I was pregnant with Mason! We had tried for a child but to no avail; once we committed our lives to Him not only did He bless us with that child (and another without trying!) but allowed us to see Mason commit his life and be baptized at the tender age of 7. I look forward to that day with Seth as well! How awesome it is to be a child of The King!

  7. mike p says:

    Deb – I love that! When you said, “but Daddy wanted us to wait for baptism until we fully understood the choice we made (something I deeply respect and thank him for)”, I can so relate. Matthew wants to be baptized, says that He has definitely invited Jesus into His heart (let’s face it – he’s always around invitations :-) but I’m the one who’s not ready… I also want to make sure with him.
    Rhonda – I also love your baptism testimony… husband and wife at the same time – too cool! I agree, it is “awesome to be a child of the King!”.

  8. Christine says:

    I accepted Christ just before my 12th birthday on Sunday night, May 16th. I did not go to church that night but when my daddy came home from church I told him that I wanted to be saved. Daddy asked my Sunday school teacher who lived down the street to come and pray with us and it was so wonderful. I could hardly wait to get to school the next morning so that I could tell my teacher and friends. About a month later there was a revival at the church that I attended and several of the young people accepted Christ. Our church was a small Pentecostal church and we didn’t have a baptistery so our pastor took us all down to the Lumber River to an area known as “high hills”. They sang hymns as each of us went under and it was a glorious experience. However, today I am afraid to even put my foot in that water but there was no fear on that day.

  9. mike p says:

    Christine – Great, great story! Let’s hear it for baptizing in the river – I think we need to do that NEXT WEEKEND, huh? Can i get a “what,what!!!”?
    Oh, and I know that you know this but, “God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love and a sound mind”. (2Tim 1:7) :-)

  10. Deb Cadovius says:

    Rhonda: I am so happy you got to experience that with Shane. How awesome!!! Sharing it with someone you love just makes the experience all the more special. I had no idea Mason was already a Christian! WOO HOO!!!! I love it! Hugs from Hawaii!!!

  11. Bree says:

    Tom and I both were actually saved at a little Pentacostal Church in St. Pauls. But we knew our calling was to be at a little country church in Lumberton.
    We were saved in February of 1998 and were baptized that summer of ’98. We didn’t have a baptistry, so the church drove to a nearby house that had a pool. The gentleman who lived there let our church make use of his pool for the baptistry. That family has since covered their pool up with dirt and made it into a flower garden. Everytime I go to Melissa Humphrey’s house I look over at that place. It makes me think that my sins were not only washed away in that water, it shows me they are buried/covered and gone forever and have been replaced with something beautiful!!!
    Tom and I both were baptized the same day. Rhonda, it IS wonderful to share that part of your life with your spouse. What a special day I will never forget.

  12. mike p says:

    Bree – I love that! The pool was covered reminding you that your sins are too – how COOL is that?
    The building I was baptized in is now a spanish-catholic church… hmmm… what does that say about me?

  13. Hubert says:

    I am thankful that I was able to grow up right behind Hyde Park and was able to walk to church. In fact I tell everyone that I started going to Hyde Park 9 months before I was born! My parents helped start the church in the early 60′s, but became less involved as time passed. Still, my mother always encouraged me to be involved in church and to give my life to Christ. Our third pastor, John Steverson, made frequent visits to the house to offer encouragement. It was under his leadership that I accepted Christ while in the 6th grade. We were having a revival service when I was saved. Pastor John and a deacon went home with me to share with my parents the decision I had made. Like Wendy, I too was baptized at East Lumberton because our “little” Hyde Park didn’t have a baptistry. It was on a beautiful Sunday afternoon when Pastor John baptized me. We sang a few hymns and Pastor John brought a small message then the baptism. Also as Wendy said, no pictures were taken (in fact, I don’t think they even allowed cameras in the church back then other than weddings) I still can see everthing in my mind and remember all that happened and can remember my cousin Rebecca being there. It was truly a glorious day!

  14. mike p says:

    These stories are just great! I wish we had a hundred more!

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