“Take seriously the promise of God’s Word that He will be your God and the God of your children. But if you believe in infant baptism, do not make the mistake of presuming that covenant children do not need to repent and believe the Gospel. For in baptism we recognize the need of the washing of regeneration and place our children under a life-long covenant responsibility to repent of sin and to believe in Christ.” – Sinclair Ferguson
This morning we took hold of God’s covenant to be the God of another daughter. By bringing her to the tastes and sights of the family of God, we are even more aware of our responsibility, failures, and need of grace. Our encouragement to Alice, ourselves, and the congregation was this:
Let your work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!
As your parents the Lord has prepared for us the good work of raising you up in the fear and admonition of His name. Because of sin, you were born into a world cursed to die; but through the sign of baptism, today we remember that God has made alive a people to display his grace.
It is in this hope that we bring you to this congregation to receive every covenant blessing he has bestowed upon us. And we plead in prayer that He will establish the work of our fumbling hands; so that by his rich mercy and kindness, he will bring you to glory through us your parents, and this church your body, and Christ himself your head.
Grace and Peace to you dear Alice.