This, from Doctrinal Preaching for Today, by Andrew Blackwood (p. 46):
In a backward tribe of Central Europe the meaning of baptism used to appear dramatically. In the presence of his tribesmen the new convert would stand facing the East and solemnly declare:
“I accept Thee, O Christ, as my Saviour and King. I shall serve Thee alone, forevermore.”
Turning to the West, he would say:
“I renounce thee, O Satan, and all thy works. Henceforth I shall serve thee no more, forever.”
That is an impressive way for any new believer in Christ to begin their new life in Christ.
For sometime, I have believed that believers baptism is one of those times when even in “low church” ministries, we could do with a bit more formal structure. A ritual, like the one above would be a simple way to “start Christian discipleship well”.
What do you think?
And if you have heard any other great baptismal formulations, pass them on in the comments section.