Our family (ex Thomas since he was living in Missouri) was baptized in the Jordan, just like our Master, Jesus Christ. Only instead of the Jordan River, it was the local Jordan Lake. We all (except Houston) had already been water baptized through immersion at different times and at different churches before. I had been baptized in the 5th grade, but like the rest of my family members, I don’t remember being taught that it was for repentance of sins, but rather that it was a public show of my wanting to follow Christ.
Last November (I’ll be talking much more about LAST NOVEMBER in future posts), my family decided to re-read the entire New Testament with the idea of “standing on” everything that the Scriptures say to do. And in doing so, we realized that baptism is for repentance. I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I’ve been a “follower of Christ” nearly my whole life, and yet I never realized that. So, we repented. Some things you just want to make sure that you’ve done right.
So starting with Jeff, we all baptized each other in the name of Jesus. (Houston took this photo.)