As the title of this article might suggest, I am a credobaptist. If you’re not quite sure what the term credobaptist means, it simply means that I believe that the sacrament of baptism is not for infants/children, rather it is intended for people who have repented of their sin and placed their faith in Jesus Christ. This weekend I had the great honor exercising my credobaptist convictions as I baptized three people including my oldest son Jeremiah. What a time of celebration! Yet in the midst of the celebration I find it helpful to remind myself of what it is that I am actually celebrating. You see, all too often I find that my fellow credobaptists seem to make the central focus of our baptismal celebrations the individual’s response to the gospel message. And while it is certainly appropriate to celebrate an individual’s response to the gospel (see Luke 15:7-10), I can’t help but think that our celebrations ought to have as their primary focus God’s gracious and sovereign work. Continue reading
In John chapter 18 Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested. He is sent to the former high priest Annas, then to the current high priest Caiaphas. Eventually Jesus is sent to the Roman governor Pilate. Pilate at first tells the Jews to take Jesus away and judge him by their law, but the Jews are determined that Jesus be put to death and only Pilate has the authority to do that. John 18:33-38a relates the first conversation between Jesus and Pilate.