Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"I have baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit"

“One crucial aspect of baptism is not what happens when we're baptized but what happens after we're baptized. 
 Mark's Gospel 1:4-11 as well as our reading from Acts 19:1-7, prompt us to share with others what Christ brings into our lives and into the world.  Not to focus on Christ only as someone who did something for us 'back then' but to focus on Christ as someone who, through the power of the Spirit, lives in us and moves us forward today. John’s baptism of repentance and Paul's baptism in the name of Jesus ultimately find their fulfillment -- in our transformed lives.”
Frank L. Crouch, Dean and Vice President, Moravian Theological Seminary


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