Hey Grace! My name is Tanner and I am the Connections Pastor here at Grace.
On Sunday November 3rd we celebrated 22 Baptisms as a church. It was an incredible Sunday and one that I won’t forget any time soon.
What was really cool about these Baptisms in particular was that going into that Sunday we had 9 baptisms scheduled. 13 were spontaneous after hearing an incredible message delivered by Pastor Josh Trueblood. Pastor Josh felt so strongly to talk about baptisms and encourage people to take that step even if they hadn’t signed up during the message. The night before Baptism Sunday our some of our First Impressions team members went out and bought shirts, shorts, bras and yes even underwear for people to change into so that there was no excuse not to get baptized. It was amazing to see people flood our lobby during and after service to get clothes so they could get baptized. I love that God moved so powerfully and had a plan for that Sunday and He clued us in as a church so we could be ready to help people with that decision.
Baptism is a huge deal in our faith. It means so many things. It’s a public declaration of faith, it’s a powerful internal moment of life change and it’s a massive step in obedience to Jesus. So many times in the Gospel baptism is the step that immidiatley follows being saved. Acts 2:38 says “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” The Apostle Peter sees the importance of this decision and it was so amazing to see that same spirit in our church on Sunday.
Thank you Grace Fellowship for being a church that is so hungry for God and so hungry for more! Thank you for your obedience to Jesus and your willingness to move forward in your faith and change into brand new clothes and underwear to get baptized! You are amazing!