There is nothing like having the privilege of celebrating with someone as they get baptised and make a public declaration that they are a follower of Jesus Christ! Showing they have put their trust in his sacrifice and want the world to know he is number one in their lives. The profound joy that we witness on a person’s face as they emerge from being completely submerged in water, identifying with Christ in his death and resurrection is hard to put into words. They affirm to themselves that they now have a new life to live, through the power of the Holy Spirit living in them and give a declaration to the physical and spiritual world that they belong to Christ.
At our recent Baptism Service on Sunday 30th April we celebrated with three people as they made their own public declarations. Each one having had a unique journey into this wonderful relationship with Jesus. It was impacting to see those that had walked with them into their journey of trusting Jesus and their commitment to continue to spur each other on. We had young and old making confessions of faith and also some stories from those who were baptised last time, again both young and old. It is evident Jesus changes lives and will continue to do so! God is faithful to fulfil his word in our lives, we just have to let Him have our lives and let Him love us. These baptisms have been a next step for these people in allowing God to have every part of their lives, giving him access to all areas.
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)
We have a wonderful saviour!
‘Baptism is the initiatory sign by which we are admitted to the fellowship of the church, that being en-grafted into Christ we may be accounted children of God. Moreover, the end for which God has given it (this I have shown to be common to all mysteries) is, first, that it may be conducive to our faith in him; and, secondly, that it may serve the purpose of a confession among men’. (John Calvin)
“Being baptised has been about finding my opportunity in Jesus; making a declaration that there is no other name I want to be shaped by. Since my baptism, I feel my relationship with God has deepened, is better practiced, and there is always enough light for the step I'm on. For my family, Jesus is our meeting point, He guides, calls, and I feel His communication in our life is stronger. Thank you UnitedLife for walking beside us. Emmanuel!” Mike Taylor
“John 12:8 says ‘I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the Angels of God.’ Of all the things my baptism means to me, knowing this promise is for me is right up there. My heart is set on becoming the man God wants me to be, it might take a while, but last week I took one concrete, irrefutable step towards my destiny!” Mark Jones