Last weekend I had the first of my “graded” sermons, where our Senior Pastor reviews my theology against a checklist he has of points I was supposed to hit. We do this so I can be prepared for my papers and oral boards that I will need to do down the line for provisional and ordained elder status, so I can get a preview of what’s likely to come up.
The topic for this one was baptism, as we remember the Baptism of the Lord on the second Sunday this month. I talked about how we can remember our baptism, but we can’t be rebaptized…and it has to do with the fact that God is the one acting in baptism, and we believe God doesn’t make mistakes, so there’s no need for a do-over.
If you’re curious: I didn’t have the full checklist ahead of time, so I was flying a little blind, and it turns out I hit each of the pieces. But I also did make a couple of statements that, misheard, could have opened me to cross-examination by the board. But that’s why we do these, to practice and to get ready for the real thing!