Google+ 04/28/14 Brothers and Sisters in Christ, You Have Brought Great Joy!

Matthew 3:13-17

 

Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John.

But John tried to talk him out of it.

“I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said,

“So why are you coming to me?”

But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.”

So John agreed to baptize him.

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened

And he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him.

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

 

I must confess that today's revelation from God is more of a testimony than a devotion.  It is more of a dialog than a speech.  As many of you know, our BYSM church held its first worship service November 6, 2013.  It was a glorious day.  One week later, we held our first Baptismal Service, stirring the waters with twelve precious souls.  We were thrilled and blessed and gave God all the glory.  With a church that includes about 50 regular attendees, God's providence to give us the ability to baptize twelve in a single year seemed unbelievable.  Yesterday, God gave us our second Baptismal Service.  God's waters were once again stirred with eight more precious souls.  To say we feel blessed would be the greatest understatement of the century!  God has anointed this ministry and brought people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  More importantly, every single person that has been baptized is a part of our Family of God.  We are able to visit these people daily, in God's house, and support their public profession of faith.  I believe as the pastor of BYSM, that this is exactly what God intended.  We are not to baptize people who come from out of town or have no relationship with our Local New Testament Church.  Baptism is a public profession of faith by a person to an group of people they know.  Some denominations even have the congregation read a statement of support of these "Born again" Christians.  How can you support, guide, and fellowship with someone you don't even know or won't see again?  I praise God for His congregation at BYSM.  I am humbled and greatly blessed to be your pastor.  I encourage all of us to celebrate the blessings God has bestowed upon us.  To all that have been baptized here at BYSM, please hear God and me say, "Brothers and Sisters in Christ, You Have Brought Great Joy!"