A very large part of a Christian's walk is an outward statement to symbolize the change that is made within. Every denomination has something that fills this need. When a Christian decides to be baptized it is an outward testimony that the person has buried their old life, dying of self so that they can rise again and let the love of God live in them and be spread through them. Though it is a tradition, it is not ritualistic. There is no magic in baptism. The way my pastor likes to put it is this: "If you go down in the water without your heart cleaned first, You'll only come up a wet sinner."
Baptismal services are a beautiful thing to witness if you never have before. Though our church has a baptismal pool inside the sanctuary(remains covered underneath the choir unless in use), our church most always opts for a baptismal service at the river. I like the sentiment a little better in the river because, it's so obvious that being baptized in this water isn't exactly cleaning you physically. The water is murky and brackish in places, a mixture of sand and mud and dark water doesn't exactly sound like something thats going to make "whites whiter and colors brighter". It's a true statement about the cleansing of ones soul. Enjoy the photos!
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