Monday, September 21, 2009

An Adult Baptism makes for a Special Day

Yesterday was one of those days that I’ll never forget. Obviously a baptism always makes for a special day. When a little child, born into sin, is declared not guilty through the work of the Holy Spirit, that is always a reason to rejoice. But yesterday seemed even more special to me and to our congregation, simply because of who was baptized.

Patricia first came into contact with Sure Foundation through one of her friends. He was attending our church during the summer months and invited Patricia to worship with us. After visiting our church she was interesting in finding out more about Christianity. She met with one of the pastors and it became obvious why what we had talked about on Sunday morning was so foreign to her. She was raised in a Jewish family. She had heard of the name Jesus but never associated him with the Messiah or the Savior of her sins. It wasn’t until those bible studies that she began to understand who Christ was and, through the grace of God, believe in him.

While so often we are used to baptism creating faith in the heart of a child, it was a special day to see God work faith in someone’s heart and then have that person seek out baptism in order to strengthen their faith. God came to her in a special way to declared her a forgiven child of God. And we were able to witness it.