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Baptized Into a New Life, Dedicated Into a Church Family

In response to identifying with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, five people publicly demonstrated their new life in Christ by getting baptized on October 14. And a child was dedicated by her parents into the loving embrace of our church family.

Jessica is embraced by her friends after getting baptized on October 14.

The word “baptize” comes from the Greek word “baptize” which means “to immerse or dip under water.” Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection. Entrance into the water during baptism identifies us with Christ’s death on the cross, His burial in the tomb, and His resurrection from the dead.

Being baptized is a symbol of our new life as a Christian–both to ourselves and to the community of believers with whom we surround ourselves. Going under the water we bury the ‘old life’ and we rise and take our first breath in a ‘new life’.

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” –Romans 6:4

On Sunday, October 14, theHeart baptized five people in the New River. In front of family and friends, they all declared that by getting baptized they were displaying faith in Jesus, identifying with His death, burial, and resurrection, demonstration that they are in the community of Christ. It was awesome.

This special and holy occasion also included the dedication to God of Savannah by her parents David and Beth Thompson.

Together as a church family we celebrated the gift of Savannah while committing ourselves to being a community where she can discover the meaning of faith, grow in character, and learn about the gifts God has given her.

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." – Psalm 139:13-16
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