When my parents were missionaries in Southeast China, they helped lead a college student to Jesus. Soon after putting his faith in Christ and experiencing new life, the student read what the New Testament had to say about the importance of being baptized. In his somewhat naïve but childlike faith, he dumped a bucket of water on his head and later told my parents, “I was baptized!”
Baptism is not only a way in which believers express obedience to and identify with Jesus; it’s also a public testimony of the saving power of Jesus to resurrect us from sin and death. It’s why at GFC we call it going public. And just like that student observed from a cursory reading of the New Testament, baptism is a big deal… and worthy of celebrating! Which is why doing it together is essential.
On July 23, we will have a unique service at 11am celebrating more than 15 individuals in our church community who have decided to be baptized… I can’t wait! For those of you who have been at GFC for some time, this will be a new kind of service that you won’t want to miss. Go ahead and mark your calendars now.
If you would like to be baptized on July 23 and have not signed up, we are extending the deadline until this Sunday, July 16. Go to gfcnow.com/baptism to learn more and sign up.
Looking forward to celebrating together!
-Matt Murphy, Lead Pastor
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
P.S. On July 23, we will have a regular worship service with teaching from the 7 Letters series at 9:15am. If you’re not planning to attend both services, we will post both the 9:15 and 11am services online.