Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ο Θεός είναι κυρίαρχος (God is Sovereign) and Why Baptism?


Ο Θεός είναι κυρίαρχος (God is Sovereign) and Why Baptism?


The Answer: God is Sovereign

I am not a theologian.

Sometimes I would like to be.

Sometimes I would like to be 60 years further into my life on this earth; having read every sentence in the Word hundreds of times, having studied the roots and translations of each word in each of said sentences, having read thousands of book of wise counsel on doctrines and traditions, and be able to carry on an intelligent, wise, and confident conversation on what I believe and why I believe it…sometimes.

           
Sometimes I would like to be able to sit down and rationally discuss questions that do not have rational answers, and play a game of “my Bible verse beats your Bible verse” with even a SLIGHT chance of coming out the victor.

Sometimes I would like to have answers to the questions that do not have answers.

Sometimes.

….. and sometimes I am just incredibly thankful that I am not that smart. So I humbly ask that, as you read the words I write, you understand that my faith journey is infantile; I don’t have all the answers, I will never have all the answers, I was not meant to have all the answers, and quite honestly I don’t want all the answers. I look forward to continuing to walk through sanctification, and to growing in spiritual maturity and wisdom…. (as Paul says in Ephesians 4: )

Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.

…but I hope that in all things, through all life’s experiences and all knowledge gained, that I will walk in the peace brought forth of a humble acknowledgement that he is an all loving, all knowing, perfectly Holy Father, and though he reveals his nature through the Spirit and through his Word, that we will never be able to fully comprehend Him. 

(So)The Question: Who Am I

This fall my husband and I are planning to be baptized in the church that we call home (date currently undecided). With a community of believers around us who have walked with us, and cried with us, and prayed over us; we are going to be baptized in the waters as a beautiful symbol of God’s promise of Grace coming to fruition in our lives. We decided as a couple that this was our next step in obedience to the Spirit’s leading and since coming to that conclusion we have discussed at length with wise counsel of friends and family the question of Why Baptism?:
 Here’s the deal: we are being baptized in an Evangelical Free Church. I come from a Christian Reformed heritage and currently one of the pastors whose sermons I most resonate with is a Baptist. (and for some reason that sentence makes me smile) As I noted quite clearly before, I am no theologian. I’ve heard very simple breakdowns of some of the different theologies surrounding baptism and I can respect that each denomination’s stand is based on years of strong biblical foundation and scriptural backing. I believe there is beauty, and validity in doctrine and tradition, but the debates do little to strengthen or embolden my faith, and, though I enjoy the discussion in the moment, I find that I come away with a headache and the beginnings of an ulcer (and a need to write to clear my head… maybe I AM a writer).

So what conclusions have I come away with? Why Baptism?

            

Because it points to HIM.
And, though we are but a poor reflection, because if anything beautiful, anything encouraging, and anything life-giving can come from the telling of our story, I want to be sure that we are pointing straight to the cross of Christ. Because, quite honestly... who am I?



And the questions without answers
Come and paralyze the dancer
So I stand here on the stage afraid to move
Afraid to fall, oh, but fall I must
On this truth that my life has been formed from the dust
God is God and I am not
I can only see a part of the picture He’s painting
God is God and I am man
So I’ll never understand it all
For only God is God
And the sky begins to thunder
And I’m filled with awe and wonder
‘Til the only burning question that remains
Is who am I
Can I form a single mountain
Take the stars in hand and count them
Can I even take a breath without God giving it to me
He is first and last before all that has been
Beyond all that will pass
Oh, how great are the riches of His wisdom and knowledge
How unsearchable for to Him and through
Him and from Him are all things
So let us worship before the throne
Of the One who is worthy of worship alone.

© Steven Curtis Chapman – God is God


For His Glory,
Amanda