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Your Servant,David Blackburn
What a blessed event to be baptized or even to see a baptism, especially if it is in your family. This year we are having a lot of River Baptisms, and I especially like that. What a witness for a lost world to see folks following Jesus in baptism. When I hear about a church having a baptism my heart smiles and I hope your does as well. One of our churches baptized eight, another five and lots with 2-3. One baptism is precious! I am looking forward to hearing about baptisms after all the Vacation Bible Schools are completed. I had the privilege of baptizing 4 of my grandchildren; what a blessing! Matthew 3:16-17 says “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Why be baptized? This passage shares with us that Jesus did it; we are to follow Him. Matthew 28:19: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." This for me is a part of the great commission. Have you heard of the great commission? Barna.com shares; 51% have not heard, 25% have but can’t recall the exact meaning, 17% have heard and know the meaning, 6% are not sure. Sounds like we have some work to do. God’s Spirit is pouring out on folks and we need to take advantage of this time to do the work that Christ has placed before us. Preaching and teaching are happening, but more is needed. Especially around Disciple Making. People are hungry for God’s word. Let’s begin to share it more than ever before. Take time to share your story of the walk of Christ so someone else will share their story. When that happens, evangelism and disciple making go hand in hand. I still believe that God’s Spirit must be in the forefront of all our activities. Without Him nothing will happen that is of any consequence. God speaks, and we follow; to be saved, baptized and to serve Him. All the individuals whose baptisms were directly described in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) were youth or adults; they were well past the age of accountability when they could make responsible decisions for themselves. However, there are some passages that indicate that an entire household was baptized together. The household may well have included children. Acts 16:14-15: "And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, if ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there.” This teaches us that we can make a difference. We have a work to do; all of us, no matter how young or how old we are. Encourage folks to be saved and to be baptized! Join a local Bible-believing church and begin to do some type of mission work. Remember the giver of life, who gave his life for you is waiting on you to do the work of the great commission. Also, worth remembering is that folks won’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care. Care enough to share Jesus with folks and if necessary use words! Develop a relationship with folks and in the process share your faith. We have plenty of water so keep on baptizing folks in rivers, in creeks, in baptismal, in a swimming pool or wherever there is water. What prevents you from being baptized? Come see me and after we talk I believe we all will go down to the river!!!