When I was in Jr. High and High School, leading worship with my peers was my favorite part of youth group. Not only did it help me develop as a musician and as a singer, but as a worship leader as well. Just this fall the youth ministry started hosting our own Creative Worship Night. This is designed for students who want to be a part of the youth worship team that plays at our Syosset and Manhasset campuses for our Sunday morning youth class. I’ve seen our students experience the community of a worship team and the growth that takes place in individual leadership on a musical and spiritual level. One of the main things that we've been talking about when we gather is that we are all worship leaders. When we’re on stage we want to be influencers of worship, inviting God's presence. John 3:30 says "He must increase, but I must decrease." We don't want to make our ministry about us, our talents, or our skills. Instead, every action inside of our ministry should point to Jesus and what He's done. This week, I encourage you to apply this verse to your life and make Jesus evident through the actions of your ministry!
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.