Monday, November 5, 2012

Our Baptized Baby Boy

Mommy, Thomas and his big sister Madelyn planning our big day. Thomas was only a little over a month here, I wanted to share a picture of the three of us. Madelyn helps so much with her new little brother, this is early in the morning just waking up. I always have a big sister come into my room to help get Thomas ready for the day when Larry is working, I am so blessed!
Our newest little blessing was baptized yesterday! It truly was a day filled with blessings for our family!
We belong to a Reformed church and feel so blessed to have Thomas baptized by our dear
friend and wonderful pastor.
Here is why we baptize the babies in our family-

1. Baptism is a sacrament of the new testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, not only for the solemn admission of the party baptized into the visible church; but also, to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, of his ingrafting into Christ, of regeneration, of remission of sins, and of his giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to walk in newness of life. Which sacrament is, by Christ's own appointment, to be continued in his church until the end of the world.

2. The outward element to be used in this sacrament is water, wherewith the party is to be baptized, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, by a minister of the gospel, lawfully called thereunto.

3. Dipping of the person into the water is not necessary; but baptism is rightly administered by pouring, or sprinkling water upon the person.

4. Not only those that do actually profess faith in and obedience unto Christ, but also the infants of one, or both, believing parents, are to be baptized.

5. Although it be a great sin to contemn or neglect this ordinance, yet grace and salvation are not so inseparably annexed unto it, as that no person can be regenerated, or saved, without it; or, that all that are baptized are undoubtedly regenerated.

6. The efficacy of baptism is not tied to that moment of time wherein it is administered; yet, notwithstanding, by the right use of this ordinance, the grace promised is not only offered, but really exhibited, and conferred, by the Holy Ghost, to such (whether of age or infants) as that grace belongeth unto, according to the counsel of God's own will, in his appointed time.

7. The sacrament of baptism is but once to be administered unto any person.
Source from : OPC Confession of Faith

I was not feeling so good today so I was happy we still got the pictures we did.
Taken after our little Thomas was baptized into the church
 For the Baptismal Cake I ordered a full sheet of White cake with butter cream frosting, half filled with raspberry filling and the other half with a éclair filling. For the decorations I choose a simple cross with blue and white "Roses" surrounded with green leaves. The decorators forgot all the roses and green vines on all 4 sides of the cake but it was still beautiful and yummy!
Pastor McShaffrey with Thomas and us after we had a beautiful fellowship lunch with our church family.
Our Newly Baptized Baby Boy!
Deo Gratias!
("Thanks be to God")

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