This morning, Sunday, August 6, 2017, we had one of our last few services at Mercer Middle School - celebrating the baptisms of five young people - a middle school student, a high school student, two starting their first year of college and one in her last year of college.
First, we heard all five of their testimonies. It's lovely to hear how each one came to decide to give their lives to Christ. Hearts and lives are what it's all about! And we prayed over them.
Then Pastor Ed Allen spoke about what baptism means, using Colossians 2:6-15.
Biblical faith is about stepping in, putting your lives on the line. Baptism starts a pattern - and we're asked to live like that.
The spiritual life is not a static experience. As verse 7 points out, we're "rooted," "built up," and "strengthened" - we should be always growing.
Something essential for us happened in Christ.
Everything rises and falls in Christ (verse 9).
Self-ruled life was removed (verse 11).
In Christ, we becoe our fullest selves, by faith.
Baptism says: I belong! I'm in!
When we were in our sins, it's like we were dead (verse 13).
Jesus disarmed the powers and authorities against us (verse 15).
After that, we went out front to celebrate our last baptisms at Mercer Middle School!