What does baptism mean?

by Demi Prentiss

There’s plenty of debate among theologians and scholars as to the meaning of Jesus’ baptism. There’s much less uncertainty around what our own baptisms mean for us:

  • We have joined God’s mission.
  • We are commissioned to pattern our lives after Jesus – the very definition of being a follower.
  • We are sent out from our safe havens to be risk-takers, helping to shape a more loving and more just world.

Simple. Not easy.

To deal with that problem, Adam Hamilton, as he recounts in his book The Way, gave each of his 8,000 congregants a laminated tag to hang in the shower. He asked them to pray these words each day:

Lord, as I enter the water to bathe, I remember my baptism. Wash me again by your grace. Fill me with your Spirit. Renew my soul. I pray that I might live as your child today, and honor you in all that I do. Amen.

 Simple. Not easy. So remember to walk wet. It takes practice.

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One thought on “What does baptism mean?

  1. I would like the shower prayer to read:

    Lord, as I enter the water to bathe, I remember the promises I made (or were made for me) at my baptism. Wash me again by your grace; fill me with your Spirit; renew my soul. I pray that I might be sent out from my safe haven to be risk-taker, helping to shape a more loving and more just world.

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