According to Ed Young Ministries that many of you need to make a decision right now to be baptized, baptized in the New Testament style. We have put a card in your bulletin, and if you want to be baptized by immersion, I want you to fill it out. This Wednesday night at 7:00pm, we are going to have a giant baptismal celebration. If you are going to be baptized, show up in the lobby of the Fellowship theater at 6:45pm.
Ed Young Pastor says that you have no excuses now. You know what it means to be baptized. And if you say “no,” you are shaking your fist in the face of Jesus Christ. If you say “yes,” you are following in obedience His command.
Now if you are a seeker or are investigating the Christian life, this is not for you unless you want to commit your life to Christ. But you need to know about this, seeker, because once you commit your life to Christ, this will be a spiritual high point in your life.
To take away some of the fear, I want us to bring out our baptismal tub, and I will show you exactly what is going to happen very quickly now. I need to pick out a guinea pig here for the demonstration. Gary, come up here. Gary, we are going to pretend to baptize you right now. This is not real water, it is just pretend. Let’s say that Gary fills out the card and understands what it means to be baptized. Gary will show up in the lobby at 6:45pm in the lobby this Wednesday night. We give Gary a robe, not for keeps, just a loan. We ask him to wear a bathing suit and T-shirt or a sweat suit underneath—something he doesn’t mind getting wet. Gary will put the robe on. Ed Young says we will help him up the steps. Then he will step in. Now isn’t this handy? There is a seat up here so that no one has to worry about his or her feet slipping on the tile. So Gary, sit down. The water will be warm. I will take a washcloth, put his left arm here and his right hand here. I will say these words, “In imitation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and in obedience to His divine command, I baptize you my brother…” Why brother? Because we both know Christ personally. We have been adopted into His family. “…in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Then I place the washcloth gingerly over his mouth, “Buried with Christ unto death, rise again to walk in newness of life.”
Here is what usually plays out. Let’s say, for example, that the husband is a PM person and the wife an AM person.