Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hutterite Baptism. Week 1

Dear children, you are now in the process of making a covenant with God the Almighty. A God so great, (as King Solomon describes in 1 Kings 8:27) that the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Him, yet at the same time so small and humble that He can come and live in the hearts of men if we but hear His call and prepare a place in our hearts for Him. From there He will lead and guide us through His Holy Spirit for the rest of our days

First let's look at our Saviour Jesus Christ who asked to be baptized of John the Baptist. John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. Matthew 3:14-15. 

This righteousness is now your task. Do you want to become a child of God and a member of His body, you have to be baptized as Jesus said in Mark 16:16 (KJV) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. 

In this life you have to search, devote time and effort, then you will be enlightened and made wise. So I beseech you to carefully look and search in the Word of God and you will find what Nicodemus found. He found such a belief and trust to Christ that he came to prepare the body of Jesus for His burial. 

I recommend you hold yourself to the Word of God diligently. This will be the best time to look for and to praise God, to build up and strengthen your faith. Prepare yourself to truthfully and absolutely bind yourself to God. Do not waiver in your quest, then you shall find and keep. Pray when you arise in the morning and never miss, pray daily that God keeps you strong in your baptism and promise. And at evening thank Him, that He helps and strengthens you to keep your baptismal vows. The Grace and forgiveness from God will never be offered to you as richly as now. 

But also to warn, remember that temptations will not be omitted. We have example that the Son of God, after His baptism was tempted and tested of the devil when He fasted for 40 days in the desert. These 40 days represent the days of our life. 

Till now you have had your earthly father and school teachers to teach and discipline you, when you are born again you have a new Father. A Father that lives in heaven that you can go with all your troubles and ask of Him strength, help and advice. Jesus said to his disciples "Till now you have done nothing in my name, now when you ask you shall receive" John 16:24. Newborn babies have a need of milk, as newborn Christians you have need of God and his word. You have a treasure, a richness, a happiness, a loving Father who resides in your heart that you can share and tell of your problems in prayer. 

Till next week, God bless.

Hutterite Baptism

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38 

Hutterite baptism occurs when a person accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and wants to create a 'bund' (promise, covenant or pledge of allegiance) with Him. With baptism one also becomes a member of the Church. 

The ones who want to get baptized ask the minister of the church who then asks the members. If all agree that the person has shown repentance and is mentally mature enough to understand the seriousness and scope of baptism, that person then enters a probation period of seven weeks. Every Sunday afternoon they receive instruction and guidance from the Colony elders.

What I'll attempt to do is provide you with a snapshot of the weekly message we convey to these young adults. We try to make them understand that this is not something to be taken lightly, and if one is not ready to enter into a covenant with the Lord and be born again it would be best to wait till one is. 

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