There’s just something incredibly powerful about water baptism! Yesterday, at VALLEY Christian Church, 11 people were baptized for the first time since beginning their relationship with Christ. The atmosphere was electric without a hint of hype. It proved to be one of the biggest crowds of the summer, as many who were baptized invited friends and family to witness the monumental event in their spiritual journey. For many in attendance, it was the first time they had ever seen baptism by immersion (not very common in predominately Roman Catholic New York).
Each time we celebrate the sacrament of water baptism, there is a brief biblical teaching explaining Jesus’ example and commandment to his followers to be baptized. This, as well as observing the powerful symbolism of immersion, always inspires those who have not yet been baptized since becoming a follower of Christ to do so. It was no surprise to me at all that this morning, I received a text from a married couple in the church asking if they can be baptized as soon as possible! That’s just awesome if you ask me!
Although there are quite a few logistics to water baptism, looks like we will schedule another one ASAP. There seems to be a sense in the Scripture that water baptism is something that should be easily accessible to those desiring to follow Christ’s example and commandment:
47 “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” Acts 10:47
Maybe God knows there’s something wonderful about water baptism and wants His church to feel the same way too!