Recently our church family had a baptism celebration at the Narragansett beach.
We celebrated stories of grace and declared to one another and to our South County neighbors that we belong to Jesus our King and Savior.
The beauty of baptism is that the event displays the drama of the gospel. Baptism doesn’t save us, Jesus saves and in baptism we proclaim the reality of God’s saving grace to a world groaning for redemption. We all were at one time on the path of death and destruction as our own king and savior. We were all dead to any desire for God our Father before Jesus stepped into our story to make us finally alive by His glorious grace and the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
Not only does baptism reflect God’s saving work in our lives but baptism reminds us that we have been enlisted into a new kingdom with an urgent mission as the people of God. The reminder of our immediate mission as the local church was one of the many highlights from our baptism celebration. After the actual baptism we gathered together and we read the words of Jesus about the mission that we have now been given by His grace.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Please pray for these new followers of Jesus and for the many people who will be baptized and become followers of Jesus through their testimonies and ministries of mercy.
God is with us and has empowered us by the Holy Spirit to be his witnesses in South County, New England and to the ends of the earth.
We belong to Jesus.
Praise the Lord.