This past Sunday was an important and beautiful one for all of us at New Heart Church. Rather than merely speaking with us about what it means to be “Nice and Clean”, Pastor Ben encouraged us to step out and declare our decision to follow Jesus through the act of water baptism. Several people had already signed up to be baptized, but Pastor Ben gave a beautiful invitation to all of us in the sanctuary: “The right time to do the right thing is right now.”
Pastor Ben encouraged all of us, even those who have been baptized before, to consider re-declaring our faith in a real and tangible way. He shot down every excuse that we could come up with:
“My parents aren’t here to see me.”
“I didn’t bring a change of clothes.”
“I don’t go to this church.”
For every excuse, Pastor Ben and the awesome team at New Heart had already thought of a solution, and Pastor Ben declared that “there is only one thing left that can keep you from taking this step, and that is for you to simply say ‘No’.”
By the end of Pastor Ben’s message, it was clear that Jesus was working in many of our hearts. Several people decided to be baptized and were added to the registration list, and while Marie and the rest of the team led worship, New Heart watched and celebrated with each and every person who decided to declare their dedication to Jesus. As our brothers and sisters were dipped beneath the water, the first thing they that their new ears heard was the cheering and celebration coming from the rest of their New Heart family.
We are so excited for everyone who decided to declare their faith in such a raw and beautiful way, and we can’t wait to walk alongside you as your faith continues to grow and develop! You are loved very dearly friends, and as a church we will never fail to cheer you on.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Contributed by Katelyn Patterson