After David was baptized, people in church kept telling me congratulations. I didn’t realize that was what people tell parents after their children are baptized, but it makes sense.
We don’t believe the water saved David, but that it represents Christ’s cleansing power, union with Christ and David’s inclusion in God’s covenant community.
When Matt was reading the vows I was wrestling with a baby, which made it hard to pay attention. So here they are again, for you and for me:
1) Do you acknowledge your child’s need of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, & the renewing grace of the Holy Spirit?
2) Do you claim God’s covenant promises in his/her behalf, & do you look in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ for his/her salvation, as you do your own?
3) Do you now unreservedly dedicate your child to God, & promise, in humble reliance upon divine grace, that you will endeavor to set before him/her a godly example, that you will pray with & for him/her, that you will teach him/her the doctrines of our holy religion, & that you will strive, by all the means of God’s appointment, to bring him/her up in the nurture & admonition of the Lord?
The church members also took a vow to help us in our endeavor to raise our child to know the Lord.
That’s what was happening in this photo. That’s why I was smiling.