What a great couple of days! This week I was able to travel with Lynn Crawford and Chris Cummings to an event called "Leadership Tuneup", hosted by the American Baptist Churches of the Northwest at Ross Point Baptist camp in Idaho.
A favorite moment from the training event was a simple video clip shown by our speaker, Gene Appel, the senior pastor of Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim, Ca.
We got to see baptisms. That was it. We saw video of people getting dunked, and I was brought to tears - literally. What a joy it is to see people, even people I don't know, making that wonderful, life transforming, decision to put God first.
The tears started to fall when the video showed an elderly woman, being gently carried on a chair, carefully lowered into the water. As she was lifted out again, she raised her hand in victory. Beautiful! And the tears continued as a young woman confessed her newfound need for Jesus after experiencing the grief of losing her mom just earlier this year.
I can't help but think of the people in Port Angeles, to who God has called us to share the hope to be found in Jesus.
Please join me in prayer, right now, that we would continue celebrating people making a decion for Jesus in our church and world. Think specifically of the people God has placed in your life who haven't yet confessed faith in Christ, and pray for an opportunity to be used of God to speak to them about faith. Go ahead. Just pause in your reading, think of those special people, and pray for them.
“And Paul said, ‘John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.’ On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” -
This article originally appeared in the October 2014 edition of the FBC newsletter. Click here to view the rest of this newsletter.