I told her, “We get excited about baptisms around here.”

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When I asked Alex if I could introduce her to everyone during the second worship service she said, “I wasn’t expecting all of this.”

Right before I baptized her in the YMCA pool and told Adam to get a picture of this event she said, “I wasn’t expecting all of this.”

When she looked at all the people gathered around the pool smiling, clapping, and cheering her on, she said again, “I wasn’t expecting all of this.”

That’s when I told her, “We get pretty excited about baptisms around here!”

Alex has come a long way in journey with Jesus that led up to her being baptized.  C3, You all gave her a day that she will never forget.  Thanks to everyone for their hard work in making our church a place where people can discover the love of Jesus.

Why do we get so excited about baptisms?  What’s the big deal?

Baptism is the ceremony that declares a brand new association with God, that our sins are forgiven, and a new life is born.  Romans 6:2-5 says, “When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land!  That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country.” (MSG)

That’s the big deal about baptism!  Welcome to the family Alex!

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