Baptism is a big deal at The Church @ Clayton Crossings. Why? Because it was a big deal in the New Testament and has continued to be a big deal for 2,000 years. Once a person makes a decision to trust Jesus with their life and eternity, the next step in their faith journey is to make that decision public.
We’re going to celebrate baptism this Sunday morning at The Church @ Clayton Crossings. If you’ve started a relationship with God through Jesus and have not yet been baptized, what is holding you back? To help you consider your response, read through the top 5 reasons why you should be baptized this Sunday (thanks to my friend Rick Lewis at Storyline Fellowship in Denver for a portion of this content).
Why should I be baptized this Sunday?
- Because you trust Jesus and believe in Him.
The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ paid the price for our mistakes through His death. Jesus not only paid for our penalty, but He overcame death and is building His kingdom, one person at a time. We have been rescued and are saved by the gift of salvation through Jesus, the ultimate example of God’s grace.
If you have received that gift but have never proclaimed it, you should! Baptism is a powerful way to broadcast the message of forgiveness that’s now part of your life.
- Because you can be a witness.
In the court system, witnesses are relied on to tell the truth about an event. In baptism, as a person is lowered into the water and raised back up, he or she becomes a witness to what God has done in his or her life. The best preachers this Sunday will be the ones soaking wet with huge smiles on their faces.
- Because it’s not a good idea to be ashamed of Jesus.
Your relationship with Jesus is personal–but God never intended it to be private. Brace yourself: if you are embarrassed to be associated with Jesus, He will be embarrassed to identify with you in judgment. That’s a hard truth, but it’s exactly what He says in Luke 9:26. Don’t be an undercover Christian; there’s no such thing in the New Testament.
- Because courage stimulates courage.
Do you know what the word “encourage” means? When you encourage, you deposit bravery into another person’s heart. You can fuel the fire of faith in others by your obedience to Jesus. When I watch people step forward boldly to be baptized, it fills my tank with fresh zeal for Jesus.
- Because rites of passage are powerful in our memory.
There’s a reason why God wants us to stop our busy lives and to be buried in water for a moment: the baptism ceremony has a cementing effect on our faith. It’s a moment we will recall later when the cost of discipleship feels pricey. Just like a struggling spouse remembers the day he or she promised “till death do us part,” a follower of Jesus will have moments when the memory of water baptism will be just the motivation they need.
There’s still time to register if you would like to be baptized this Sunday! Visit http://claytoncrossings.com/baptism for details or to register.
What’s coming up:
- Please join me in welcoming Erin Beck to The Church @ Clayton Crossings staff team! Erin is now officially the Director of Early Childhood Ministry (a position that she’s held as a volunteer for more than a year). Erin is in charge of ministering to the preschool children and the new families God is bringing to our church. Send Erin a note of welcome and encouragement – her new email address is email@example.com.
- We’re taking nominations for additions to our elder team in 2018. Visit claytoncrossings.com/elders to learn more about the process, qualifications, and to make a nomination.
- Night of Worship on Friday, November 10. Join us at 7:00pm for an evening devoted to praising God through music. You can find out more by visiting the Crossings Worship Facebook page at facebook.com/CrossingsWorshipNC
John Sanders is the non-stuffy pastor at The Church @ Clayton Crossings. His primary mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. Additionally, he longs to write like the child of Aaron Sorkin and Dave Barry, preach like W.A. Criswell, look like Bradley Cooper, and eat like he’s seventeen years old. A more complete (and less snarky) bio can be found here.