At Greater Life Church, we are here to present the Gospel and allow people to respond. This past Sunday, we witnessed life-changing response.
Ten people raised their hands for Jesus while 12 were water baptized, two of which were spontaneous. It was an incredible day for the kingdom of God. People were raised to life. (The full service can be seen on the GLC Facebook page).
The believer receives his or her new life the same way Jesus was raised from death – through the power of the Holy Spirit. You could feel the presence in the building on Sunday. The testimonies were powerful; watching those people raise up with the almighty, walking in newness of life was amazing.
Through baptism, we acknowledge that although Jesus knew no sin, He took sin’s penalty in His own body, dying in place of the believer.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20
Baptism represents the transformational power that offers us new life. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and lives again. On Sunday, we saw individuals proclaim His message, identifying with the Father. As we identify with Christ’s death through baptism, we die to our old way of life. Going under water is a symbol of our death with Christ to our old person. Coming out of the water symbolizes our life with Christ to our new person.
Romans 6:4 tells us that we have been buried with Him through baptism into death. Our old sinful selves are crucified with Christ so that we could be set free from the power of sin.
“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Romans 6:4-6.
Dedicate yourself to Him
As I watched sin being washed away, and lives being saved on Sunday, I felt a great deal of joy and love for those people – I also admired their strength.
I wasted years never fully accepting Christ, too ashamed of what people would think of me. Week after week, when the salvation call came at my previous church, I would bottle everything in, staying quiet, afterwards feeling regret. If you are struggling today, or feel you’ve never truly buried your sinful nature and haven’t fully dedicated your whole self to the Lord, I urge you, don’t wait any longer.
There is life beyond the grave. Everlasting being in His presence is waiting for everyone who chooses to trust in Christ.