OUR GRANDDAUGHTER’S BAPTISM

“I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.  9  Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.  …  11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”   Psalm 16:8,9 & 11

Most of you know that we went to Rhode Island over the weekend for our granddaughter’s baptism.  It was a wonderful service with 13 new believers being baptized – both youth and adults.

The testimonies were heart-wrenchingly beautiful, bringing tears to my eyes.

We spent a wonderful Sunday afternoon celebrating the occasion with family and friends.

My prayer for each of these people that have given their lives to Jesus is that the Lord will bless each of them and draw them closer to Him; that their faith will grow daily and that their hearts will always be turned toward Him.

To our granddaughter, I say:

Anita-Marie, sweetheart, I love you more than words would ever express.  You have grown into a beautiful young woman that I am so proud of.  My prayer for you is found in Colossians 1:9-14

“Father, I ask that You fill Anita-Marie with the knowledge of Your will, teach her wisdom, spiritual discernment and understanding so that she may know Your will, walk within Your will, walk worthy of You and bring You glory; so that she is pleasing to You in all respects.  Help her to grow and bear fruit for eternity.  Help her to increase in Your knowledge; strengthen her with Your might and power, so she may be steadfast and patient, and can joyously give You thanks. Father, place your hedge of protection around her and keep her safe.  Please, place Your guiding hand in her life and allow her to feel Your presence with her as she goes through her day.  Help her to feel Your love and peace and joy in her heart.  Open the doors for her that You would have open, and close those doors that You would have closed.  Be with her Father and bless her life.  Amen.”

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2012

WHAT I BELIEVE – THINGS PRESENT

I believe man is saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. [ John 1:12; Galatians 3:26] That salvation is a gift of God and cannot be earned through works, baptism or anything else that man can do. [Ephesians 2:8; II Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:4-7]

I believe that when a person truly accepts the saving grace offered through the blood of the cross, that the believer is eternally secure and will not lose His salvation.  [John 5:24, 6:35-40, 10:28-30; Romans 8:28-31, 37-39; Ephesians 1:4-5; Philippians 1:6; II Timothy 1:12, 2:19; I Peter 1:2]

I believe Jesus is the mediator between us and God, and that He intercedes on our behalf.  [John 14:13-14, 16; I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 7:25, 12:24]

I believe it is only through Him that we can reach the Father. [John 1:12; 3:15-18, 3:36, 14:6; Romans 5:1-2; Galatians 3:26]

I believe that accepting this salvation and repenting from sin gives us a new nature and fills us with God’s own Spirit. [Luke 24:49; John 14:23-27; Acts 1:4-8; Titus 3:4-7]

I believe God’s purpose for giving us His Spirit is to make us holy. [I Peter 1:15-16]

I believe that when we are saved, the Holy Spirit indwells us, to strengthen us, guide us and intercede for us.  [John 14:16-26, 16:13; Acts 9:31; Romans 8:11, 26-27; I Corinthians 2:10-16]

I believe that full immersion Water Baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is an act of obedience and a public testimony of our faith in Jesus. [Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38, 10:47; Romans 6:4-5; Colossians 2:12]

I believe that each believer should have fellowship with other believers and should become a member of a local church for edification and spiritual growth. [Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:24-25; I John 1:7]

I believe that Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, represents the body and blood of Jesus.  I believe that it should be observed in remembrance of His death for our sins until He comes again. [ Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26]

I believe that all born-again Christians have a duty to grow in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord so that we are always ready and able to explain why we believe in our Lord and Savior.  [II Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17; I Peter 3:15]

I believe that disciples of Christ are to take the gospel into the whole world.  [Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Romans 10:13-15]

I believe that believers in Jesus are to live in this world, but not be involved in the things of this world because this world is not our home. [John 14:2-3; Hebrews 11:13-16; I Peter 1:17 ]

I believe that those of us that have accepted Jesus as Savior have a home in heaven and that we are here on this earth to do God’s will and bring Him glory. [II Corinthians 5:6; Hebrews 11:13-16]

I believe that all who have given their lives to Him are adopted into God’s family; co-heirs with Jesus and at death will be welcomed into His presence. [John 14:2-3; Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 3:26,29, 4:5& 7; Titus 3:4-7]

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2012