City Church baptized 11 people Sunday – and what a great day it was. There’s a lot to celebrate, but here are my top three
- The pastors don’t do all the baptizing. John 4:2 points out that it wasn’t Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. As a pastor, my biggest priority seeing disciples making disciples – and baptism is a picture of that. So yesterday Lucy and Alex baptized their three kids since they are the chief disciplers of their children. It was Donta’s teacher, Dorothy, who baptized him because she invited him to church and her family has invested in Donta week after week.
- There is new life for broken people. Nikkie baptized her husband Bobby, and there were lots of tears. That’s because she’s been praying for him for twenty years, and all that time she’s
been dealing with his alcoholism and his dysfunction. And God is doing a brand new thing in his life. As Bobby went down under the chilly water’s of Mother’s Beach it was like his old self was being buried, and when he came up with a cheer it was like he’d been born into a new life in Christ.
- God loves kids. After Wendy baptized her little boy Garrison,he made it very clear that he wanted more of that water. But that’s not proper! is what I was thinking. But, fortunately, my copastor Jason was presiding and he said to Garrison, “That’s OK. Come on over and put your hands in the water – that’s your baptism water and it’s for you.” After a quick splash and Garrison’s huge smile (and a lot of chuckles in the congregation), it dawned on us all that Garrison had it right. He (and we) gets to touch, taste, and swim in the oceans of God’s favor and goodness.