Baptism: Once and for All

by Pastor Mark Jordan

Yesterday, we started a week-long journey about baptism. In the initial installment, I shared that Jesus felt baptism was important for Him, as a sign and symbol of God putting things right in our broken world. Today, I want us to explore why it is something we should keep doing.

In the Great Commission, we read these words from Christ, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19, NIV). Ever since, the Church has viewed baptism as a sort of initiation into the family of God. Don’t think of this like a hazing ritual, but a spiritual moment where we symbolically die to our old way of living so we can be “born again” thanks to the power of the Holy Spirit.

Since this is an initiation of sorts, we only perform baptism once in our United Methodist tradition. The reason for this is we believe that God’s grace is sufficient once-and-for-all. Invariably, we get questions about repeating baptism, since we often have dynamic life experience for better or worse after receiving the water. This is why we have times like we did this past Sunday where we can reaffirm our baptismal commitment.

If you have any questions about your baptism in the past, would like to consider baptism in the future, or if you ever want to reaffirm your baptism commitment, please let me know! My email address is,

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of baptism as you put my life right with yours. Help me to follow your commandment to share these holy waters with others. I ask this in Jesus’ saving name. Amen.


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