In the begining
On closer examination you may recognise who this “golden” couple are. The gorgeous young woman is Amanda of course and yes folks - that is me – not only skinny but with hair! Baptised in our Lord Jesus 23rd September 1979 two weeks after we married. Baptism carried out by Joel Lewis the (late) Pastor of the Apostolic Church Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, who also married us in the little church in the suburb of Famona. The pool was in the Lewis’ next door neighbours yard.
Our Christian testimony begins with leaving behind the old life by a public identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
Put another way.
“ When you are baptized, you are in fact visually preaching the gospel. As you stand in the water waiting to be baptized, (A) you symbolize Jesus dying on the cross. As you are lowered into the water, (B) you symbolize Jesus buried in the tomb. As you are raised from the water, (C) you symbolize Jesus rising from the dead.“
Excerpted from "Taking the Plunge" from Keep Believing Ministries (used by permission).
King James : Romans 6 : 3-4
3. Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4. Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
So begins the Goodness and Favour of God.