People can get testy over baptism.

I’ve seen it in plenty of places. I once worked at a church that split from another church…because someone was accidentally baptized in the wrong direction. And the pastor wouldn’t redo the baptism.

Like I said…people can get testy over baptism.

In Europe, during the reformation, folks were hunted and killed over theological beliefs including baptism.

Like I said…people can get testy over baptism.

Once, I nearly got thrown out of McDonalds on 18th street in Monroe because of a conversation about baptism.

Like I said…people can get testy over baptism.

But what if we redirect our conversations about baptism from the how and when, and instead begin talking about the what and the why?

Paul did. In his letter to the Romans. During a conversation about the power of sin, and what happens when Christians willfully sin, he brought up baptism.

Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Romans 6:1-11

Paul get’s testy over baptism but in a completely different way. And in a way, we all could probably stand to be a little testy.

So come to worship this weekend, we will laugh about baptism being testy, we will hear about the what and the why. And then we will celebrate baptism together as a church.