By Gabe Berger
This week, I had the chance to read some of the stories of the PLCers getting baptized April 23/24 across all our campuses. I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as excited as I am for the baptism services (except maybe when I had the privilege of baptizing my oldest daughter a couple of years ago). I was actually getting mildly emotional and if you know me, you know I’m not emotional at all, so that’s saying something! It’s pretty incredible to hear what God is doing in the lives of people all across our state through our church.
In the middle of going through these stories, Pastor John forwarded me an article from Newspring Church that does a great job of outlining why baptism matters. If you aren’t sure what it’s all about, take a couple minutes and read it… they say it really clearly and succinctly.
But, back to me getting chills from reading these stories. As I was reading through them, I couldn’t help reading them over a few times.
There are stories of people who grew up religious but with no relationship with Christ or no idea about what God had done for them through Jesus.
There are stories of those who have gone through horrible tragedy and in the midst of that found a renewed hope in Jesus.
Over the course of several years, there are stories of people who slowly and methodically kept taking steps with Jesus. They were invited into relationships with people who loved Jesus and eventually understood what it meant to love Him as well.
Each of these baptisms have their own unique story and journey that goes with it, and each one represents a life transformed by God’s incredible love for us through Jesus.
One of my favorite quotes came from one of our gals whose been coming to PLC for the past couple of years, “Until I could fully accept God for who He is (my Father), I would never be able to fully accept myself for who I am (His daughter)... it’s finally time to publicly share the grace, love and mercy God has [for] me, His daughter.”
That’s what baptism is all about! If you haven’t yet been baptized, don’t miss a chance to hear what God has done in her life and in the lives of a whole bunch of others. And, whether or not you have been baptized, don’t miss the baptism services as we celebrate together the impact God is having here in Iowa!
There is still time to sign-up to get baptized April 23/24! Visit www.prairielakeschurch.org/baptism to sign-up at one of our six campuses!