Upgrades and Baptism

I tweeked the blog a little, rewrote the About section, changed the title, added a header image and I went and purchased an official domain. I plan to invest more money later and add some more upgrades. I am not exactly sure when as of yet. However, I know I will hire a graphic designer to create an official header for my brand.  However, while I am at it I am going to address the reasoning behind the header image.

Naturally, it is an image of water but not just any water. It symbolizes the waters of baptism. Baptism at present seems to have lost the significance it once had or rather the import the archetypal Anabaptists put into it. It was not just a symbol of some past empty event. It was one’s entrance into the Body of Christ or Gemeinde. This German term denotes “a union of settlers bound together by ties of neighborhood, cooperation, interdependence, friendship, or relatedness”.[1] In English, it could be identified with the words ‘commune’, ‘community’ or ‘congregation’ this word was the nearest the German language had to ekklesia.

In Anabaptists thought, the Gemeinde was the visible manifestation of the Kingdom on earth; it was not the kingdom in the sense that each and every assurance of God were realized but in an applied sense. The members of the Gemeinde lived out the ethics of the Kingdom (The Sermon on the Mount and The Rule of Christ). It was a family of transformed believers living in harmony with each other and their Creator.

Baptism was the means of becoming a citizen of the Kingdom and a member of the household of faith. This is only one of the reasons why baptism was so important to the 16th century Anabaptists and why it is important to me and should be highlighted. I will flesh out the meaning and importance of Gemeinde in a latter blog post.

[1] David C. Steinmetz, ed., The Bible in the Sixteenth Century (duke Monographs in Medieval and Renaissance Studies) (North Carolina: Duke University Press Books, 1990), 9.


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