Monday, August 15, 2011
Baptism: Summer 2011
I have been a part of many baptism services since I started in ministry. For those of us in ministry you know that every time we baptize someone it is very special to us. Yesterday when we baptized these students it was extra special and I want to share four things that made it extra special:
1) This is a group of students we invested in
Most of the students we baptized yesterday we have invested in for over two years. Some of these students gave their lives to Christ when they were freshman in our high school ministry. We have seen these students grow through out high school and seen them make some great choices as they have followed Christ.
2) These students are committed to Christ
I do not want this statement to be misleading or degrading to anyone. I also want to be honest. I have fallen into baptizing students, and adults, that I wish I would have challenged to grow more in their faith before making this choice. This group of students were committed. Many of these students have passed up other baptism services because they were not sure if they were ready yet. They made sure that they were ready to live this life out and follow the choice they have made.
3) We baptized them in our church
For the life our our church we have typically baptized people outside the walls of the church building and I love that! Yesterday we did something different and I think it went so good! We took this group of students and baptized them inside our church, during our 11am service. We had our entire church focused on seeing this group make this commitment to God and I loved seeing that.
4) I had front row seats to life change
As a pastoral leader I get a cool seat. Sometimes that seat is tough because I see the painful things from the front row and shield others from seeing that. Yesterday morning I got the best seat in the house. I was able to watch the water roll over these students faces and see their expression coming out of the water. I was able to give them their first hug as they exited the water. If you rewind four years I have also had the opportunity to see many of these students raise their hand and see their need for a savior.
I am so thankful that I have had a front row seat to the life change in all of your lives. I love you guys. You can see more pictures of the baptism by clicking here.