Baptisms Summer 2014: Invitation to Witness
We’re taking one of our most favorite celebrations beyond our doors! On Sunday, August 24, join us at Cottonwood Beach Park in Washougal for our first-ever outdoor baptisms! This is going to be a wonderful event and a unique opportunity to show our commitment to Christ as a church and as individuals. Bring your friends and family to celebrate!
If you’re considering getting baptized, revisit these baptismal devotionals every week from now until August 24. They will help you learn more about the sacrament of baptism and encourage you to prepare your heart and mind for taking the next step on your faith journey.
The verse for Week 4 is John 1:29-34…
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Soon a man is coming who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before I did.’ I didn’t know he was the one, but I have been baptizing with water in order to point him out to Israel.” Then John said, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him. I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘When you see the Holy Spirit descending and resting upon someone, he is the one you are looking for. He is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Son of God.’”
Getting baptized is an outward symbol of our inward commitment to God. It’s a sign of our obedience to the One who has great plans for us, if we’re ready to listen and follow. It’s an important step forward for you as the person getting baptized, but it’s also valuable for anyone who might be watching. They’ll see your willingness to express your growing relationship with Christ, and they could be inspired to follow suit.
So if you’re getting baptized this month, think about inviting your family and friends! There will be plenty of room for everyone!