This past Sunday after worship three men (from Wayside Cross Ministries in Aurora, IL.) publicly confessed Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior with baptism (the center three men from the left: Adrian, John, and Greg – Rich Degroat and myself on the outside who baptized them). In front of their new church family, Grace Community Church, they acknowledged their need and desire for their sins to be forgiven (Acts 2:38), their old man in sin put to death, and to have a new life in Christ (Rom. 6:1-11). They submitted themselves publicly to the Eldership of a local church (Heb. 13:17), becoming united to a visible body of believers in Christ (Acts 2:41, 20:28). Baptism is not their salvation but is evidence of it (Matt. 28:19-20). And now? A life of discipleship that lives out what baptism professes – death to sin and life to God in and through Christ! To Him be all the glory for all the great things He has done.
It was a great day!