Being Transformed

Being Transformed

Sunday, April 26  |  Third Sunday of Easter

“Repent and be baptized” (v. 38). This call from today’s passage reminds us that as people who proclaim and bear witness to the work of Jesus in our lives, the central aspect of our conversion is forgiveness and repentance. The Greek verb for repent is metanoeo, which refers to a transformation from one way of thinking to another.

In the Covenant, we affirm that the sacrament of baptism bears witness to, proclaims, and is a sign of the work of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a covenant and a mystery, an outward sign of an inward and invisible redeeming grace. St. Augustine referred to sacraments as “visible words.” When we remember our baptism, we remember our commitment to continually be transformed into the ways of Christ, which bear witness to our faith.

Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer God, we pray that your grace may continue to renew our hearts and our minds that we be transformed into your likeness. Amen.

About the Author

Prajakta David moved from India to Chicago to study nursing at North Park University. She went on to earn an MBA and master’s in Christian formation. An ordained pastor in the Hindustani Covenant Church in India, she serves as manager of church relations for Serve Globally of the Evangelical Covenant Church. She is a member of River City Community Church, a Covenant congregation in Chicago.

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