First off, let me introduce myself, my name is Tyler Giesel I am one of the assistants here at The Creek and this last Sunday, I got baptized (again).
Some people have asked me “Tyler, if you got baptized when you were younger, why are you doing it again?” My answer to this question is when I was younger I was merely dunked in a tank of water. There was nothing biblical about it.
When I was baptized the first time I had made a profession of faith, but I wasn’t a follower of Jesus.
Here at The Creek our understanding of baptism is that it is the outward expression of the inward reality of what the gospel has done in our lives. A literal picture of the death, burial and resurrection of our Christ.
Therefore, when I realized that I hadn’t really accepted Christ as my Savior I consequently realized I had not truthfully expressed that inward reality of the gospel.
Looking at the book of Acts, we see a clear theme that baptism follows conversion (see Acts 8:34-38; 9:1-8; 10:47-48; 16:11-16, 25-34; 18:8).
When Pastor Mike was preaching through his series The Clash: Conflict and Community in Corinth, I came to the realization that I really wasn’t saved at the young age of 4 but rather after I graduated high school.
I didn’t think to much about it until we had a special Baptism Sunday here at The Creek. Then I came to the conclusion that I had not been baptized as a believer yet! There was a sense of excitement, but also disappointment.
You see, baptism is a big deal. Not just to us on earth, but also to our great God! God has called us to be baptized so that we may identify in the death, burial, and resurrection of his Son, Jesus.
In reality, this is my first baptism. The first time I was dunked was faked on my part. I needed this.
This is why I got baptized (again).
Watch my story below.