Talking about our faith can be intimidating. It brings up a bunch of insecurities and worries about whether we are equipped to answer questions, how people will respond and if we're going to alienate our friends, families and co-workers. And yet, I don't think anyone would argue the point that we are definitely called to boldly share our faith and tell others about the life-transforming power of Christ in our lives.
One of the incredibly important ways we do this is to be baptized in water. When we choose to get into that water we are saying to everyone gathered that Christ is the centre of our lives and we are committed to living for Him and in Him forever.
While water baptism isn't usually done in front of a crowd of unbelievers, it is a testimony to your friends, family and church (and whoever you invite!) of who Jesus is. It builds our faith and reminds of the importance of setting our lives apart for God. It's absolutely one of my favourite things in church life.
I won't take the time in this email to outline all of the biblical reasons that our church practices water baptism. But if you want to learn more, here is a link to the information we provide to people who are interested in getting baptized - it's a great resource.
Beyond that, if you're a follower of Christ and have never been baptized in water Sunday, July 29th. Our annual water baptism service will be held right here at Freedom during our 5th Sunday service. We hope that the weather cooperates because we'd like the service and potluck to be "open air"! If you're ready to take the step of being baptized, please get in touch with me in the coming weeks. It would be my joy to talk you through this incredible testimony of your faith.
School of Prayer: Teach Us To Be Transformed
Happy Father's Day! This week Bjorn will be sharing a follow-up from last week's message and getting practical about how holiness and life transformation can be lived out. See you then!