One of the most awesome days in the life of Grace Community Church happened a few weeks ago. We had a baptism service where we baptized over 40 people in one day. I had always been a part of baptism services in church buildings…this one was outside, at the creek at Ringgold Mill. Honestly, I felt like we were back in the times of John the Baptist, where “John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.” (Mark 1:4-5)
Before we started, we divided those who were going to be baptized into groups. In my group, I had 7 people in my group, and I gathered them up to talk about baptism, its meaning and significance. I told them that the New Testament example is believer’s baptism, and asked if they would briefly share their salvation story with the group. The first girl to answer said that she was pretty confident that she was not saved. I was floored! I asked her, “So would you like to be saved today?” She said that she was completely ready, so I laid out the full gospel, asked for her response, and then the group all prayed for her. The Lord was definitely there! Right after that, she was baptized.