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Super Sunday: behind the scenes of the 11 baptisms on 2/5

“I’ve never seen that many people baptized at one time!” observed Aaron Anderson.

Fabiola's baptism

If you were here with us on Sunday, February 5, you were a part of a special, even, super Sunday as 11 people were baptized! What a remarkable day it was.

Watching these believers testify of their faith in Christ was inspiring. Sitting among the witnesses was suspenseful as it seemed like they just kept coming.

Do you remember the popular radio program by Paul Harvey? It was called The Rest of the Story. Harvey would tease the listeners with a tidbit about some interesting story and then take a break and back up and fill you in on things you likely didn’t know. At the end, he’d say “and know, you know the rest of the story.”

Here are some aspects of Sunday’s baptism celebration that you may not have known.

We baptized 11, ranging in age from 6 to 60 years old.

They represented four different countries: the United States, Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

Two were siblings. Two were cousins. Two were husband and wife. Two made the decision to be baptized during the worship gathering on February 5, just minutes before the time of baptism.

Ten of them were influenced by the Spanish ministry of New Vida, though four of the ten speak English as their first or only language.

One of them has already led at least two others to choosing to follow Jesus in the last three months.

At least two of them are already talking to others about following Jesus and being baptized.

In November, Pastor Malcolm Tyree challenged us with the goal to see 10-15 baptisms in 2017. When the goal of 10-15 was first written in the early part of November, Pastor Malcolm did not know that two would be baptized on November 20, two more on December 25, and 11 on February 5. Right now, there are at least three who have expressed interest in our next baptism celebration, April 16. How many more will God bring into our midst? Let’s join together in prayer and witness to God’s calling of men and women to follow him and their responses.

Continue to pray for Abdiel, Ceci, Fabiola, Sarahita, Yliza, Carlos, Dadney, Salvador, Emily, Bradley, and Josh as they take their next steps of faith. Pray also for those who will follow in their steps.

Who knows but by the end of the year, maybe we will be asking the question Dee Longino asked after hearing about the 11 baptisms, “Any water left in the baptismal [pool]?”

Bible Battalion Scripture Memory Verses for Wisdom Passages of Fall 2015

English_button  Consideration – Matthew 5:35-36,40Spanish_button

English_button  Fruitfulness – John 15:5                          Spanish_button

English_button  Goodness – Romans 12:21                     Spanish_button

English_button  Humility – Luke 14:11                              Spanish_button

English_button  Impartiality – Leviticus 19:15                Spanish_button

English_button  Maturity – James. 1:4-5                          Spanish_button

English_button  Mercy – Luke 6:36-37b                            Spanish_button

English_button  Peace-Loving – Romans 12:18             Spanish_button

English_button  Purity – Psalms 119:9, 11                       Spanish_button

English_button  Sincerity – 1 Chronicles 28:9                Spanish_button

English_button  Stability – Isaiah 33:6                              Spanish_button

English_button  Submission – Mark 10:43-45                Spanish_button

English_button  Understanding – 1 Co. 2:12                   Spanish_button

English_button  Wisdom 1 – James 1:5                             Spanish_button

English_button  Wisdom 2 – Colossians 2:2-3                Spanish_button

English_button  Wisdom Passage 1 – Matthew 5 3-12Spanish_button

English_button  Wisdom Passage 2 – James 1:13, 17   Spanish_button

Biblical Community

Hand and arm chain circleWe fellowship with other believers to accomplish God’s purposes in our lives, in our families, and in the world around us.

The Bible shows us that in relationships there is the power to transform lives. God has gifted us as individuals in order to use us to transform lives.

The Apostle Paul writes,

“It was he who gave us some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-13)

Why Solitude?

SolitudeA lot is taught these days about the importance of community, accountability and fellowship. And these activities are indeed vital. However, there is also a place for solitude in the Christian’s life.

What is solitude? Solitude is aloneness, often combined with silence, for the purpose of growing one’s knowledge of and relationship with God.

Why do we not experience solitude? The obvious answer is because nobody likes feeling the ache of loneliness, the anxiety of having nothing to do, or the terrible feeling of boredom. Solitude, you see, is a discipline which must be cultivated and exercised.

Why must we experience solitude? Many people say, “I know that God is my Heavenly Father, that He loves me, that Christ died for me.” but do they really know this experientially?  This is why we must experience solitude – because solitude is the test for whether God’s love is truly in us. Because only as a person with the love of God in him or her could resist being caught up in routines and fads of culture, and be alone without being overly anxious. In culture we can enjoy some distractions from existential angst. In solitary prayer, we can enjoy the peace that transcends all understanding.