Today is a great day of celebration at SRC as several people are being baptized at our campuses. The act of baptism is an outward picture of an inward reality. Just as Jesus died, was buried, and was raised to new life, the physical act of going under the water and then coming up again, symbolizes that the person has chosen to die to their old life of sin, and decided to follow Jesus, thus being raised up in to new life with Him (2 Corinthians 5:17). Baptism also symbolizes the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus, through which the Bible teaches that we have been made clean and declared righteous before God. When someone is baptized they are making a public declaration that they have placed their hope in Jesus, and that they desire to live to please God. Historically, baptism was viewed as the act through which someone publicly identified as a member of God’s family, the Church. It is done in public as a way of declaring before family, friends, and even strangers, what God has done and is doing in a person’s life.
Relationships, friendships and fellowships are such a beautiful thing in the eyes of the Lord. When someone is down there are others to pick that person up. I’m getting married this summer and Lauren and I have seen the blessings of being engaged but how the enemy is trying to disengage us and using our loved ones, too. It makes sense! We are being obedient to Mark 10:8 - we are doing what the enemy hates - which is awesome but tough! By allowing and asking for God’s Spirit for help, by doing devotions, praying together, having faith and serving-you’re essentially building God’s Kingdom on earth and crushing the enemy’s territories! Having Christ as the center of your home, relationships and community you will see mountains move, a revival take place and a creation of a family, a team and an army! Philippians 1:9-11