3 Things We Saw at Our Baptism Gathering
A few weeks ago The Well church held its very first baptism gathering, and it was an amazing time for our new community here in Boulder. As a church plant, it is imperative that we celebrate when God moves and blesses us, and the celebration of God’s glory was the goal of our baptism gathering.
While celebrating, I saw 3 things that stood out to me. Honestly, what I saw brought me to tears because it was exactly what the elders of The Well have been praying for. I was and still am overwhelmed with awe that God is advancing His church here in Boulder.
1. I saw a visual representation of the gospel
The gospel is at the center of all that we do at The Well. If it is not, then we have missed the mark and need to repent. The gospel, simply put, is this:
Because of Adams sin we are all enemies of God
God the father wanted to make a way for us to be reconciled, so He sent His son Jesus who died for our sins
Jesus was buried
Jesus was raised on the third day
Jesus appeared to over 500 people after his resurrection
Jesus ascended into Heaven where He took his rightful place next to the Father and He is ruling over all people and all things
One day He will return to judge the quick and the dead
He is now sending His saints as missionaries by the power of the Holy Spirit to preach this good news (1Cor. 15:1-28)
We continually preach the gospel and live lives on mission in hopes that many will worship Jesus, and sometimes we can exhibit the gospel in a more visual and tangible way. Baptism is one of those ways. Being lowered into the water represents dying to sin and being raised to new life. It puts the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus on display. (Rom.6:1-10)
Watching people be lowered into the water that Sunday morning was a profound visual representation of the gospel.
2. I saw the church rejoicing over Gods saving work
Christians on mission labor day in and day out to bring light into dark places. The baptism service served as an opportunity to show the church that God is faithful to adopt His sons and daughters and that their labors are not in vain.
Watching the church hug, clap, cheer, and sing as people were baptized was a very special moment and one that we should not forget as we go on with our lives. Our ability to rejoice in that moment acts as a reminder to, “Rejoice always in the Lord...” (Phil. 4:4).
3. I saw people obeying Jesus
We obey Jesus because Jesus loved us first. He loved us so much that he was willing to die in our place so that we may have a right relationship with God the father. Our obedience to Jesus is not some moralistic response to pressure from man.
What we saw at the baptism service was people being baptized because they wanted the world to know that they had taken off their old selves and had put on Christ (Gal.3:27), and that they were honoring part of the great commission by being baptized (Matt.28:19).
The last thing Jesus said before He ascended into heaven was;
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been give to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matt. 28:18-20
Jesus commanded us to be baptized and to baptize. It is a blessing to be part of a community that takes the commands of God seriously and rejoices in them.