Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Baptizing in Front of a Larger Congregation

God is truly at work in some many ways Arrowsmith in these days - and as a result I continue to wrestle with finding time to post my thoughts and reflections. In other words - when the sheep are on the move, shepherds have much more to do.

One thing that struck me lately has been the great Celebration Sunday our church family shared together on March 22nd. The Spirit of God was truly alive and at work in our midst as six people were baptized during the service - and there was a special energy of spirit and heart during our worship, attendance was overflowing, a great fellowship meal time followed, and in the evening we had some passionate, spirited discussions during our Acts 2:42 teaching time.

One verse in particular kept going through my mind during the baptisms: "For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God" (Romans 8:19). This verse seemed to give greater significance to our special morning. During the baptisms and afterwards I kept thinking that while this was a great day for our church family at Arrowsmith, what was happening in the church sanctuary on that day was in many ways a much bigger event on a grander scale - the universe itself had been yearning with great anticipation ("the creation waits with early longing") for those who would surrender their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ and become children of God. ("for the revealing of the sons of God").

The work that God does in our lives has greater significance than we will ever know.

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