As we are still praising God for what we witnessed Mission Weekend in April (27 people were baptized!), we pray that the stories you’ve heard make you think back to your own baptism story, or maybe even encourage you to take the next step to the water. If you’re interested in learning more about baptism or want to get baptized during the next Mission Weekend in July, click here.
Also, enjoy Hudson Foster’s baptism story below:
The first time I thought about baptism at all was the day my friend, Sean Nowak was baptized. I remember thinking how much Sean must have changed spiritually and how his relationship with God was growing. I asked my dad during Pastor David’s message that day “Dad, why haven’t I been baptized yet?” He told me what Grace believes about baptism, and that led to me thinking about it for the day. Eventually I forgot about it, until we talked about baptism in our D-team last October. After the discussion, Mr. David asked if anyone wanted to be baptized and my hand shot straight up! Why? I had this feeling that I really couldn’t explain. I think now that it was the Holy Spirit nudging me to raise my hand.
That weekend my dad asked me why I wanted to be baptized, and my response was that I loved Jesus and I wanted to be more like him. I started meeting with Mr. David, and we talked about how followers of Jesus find our identity in Christ, and how that identity can grow and shrink as we move toward or away from him. After watching another D-team member my age get baptized, I also realized that, as Pastor Mitchel said in his message that day, I needed to replace my bad resume with his perfect one, because I know I’m not perfect and I need Jesus to be perfect for me.
I want to be baptized to show that I want to follow Jesus and accept the love and gift of salvation he has given me. I also know I need Jesus to help me live my life the right way, so that others will see what God has done in my life. Then they might think “maybe his faith has something to do with how he lives?” and those questions may lead to those people really knowing Jesus. That is why I wanted to be baptized.
Baptism at Grace
During all worship gatherings on Baptism Weekends, we celebrate the very reason we exist as a church: Christ’s mission to make disciples, baptizing and teaching in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 19-20). We share testimonies of how Jesus changes lives now and for eternity. And the best part… we baptize with a joy that’s out of this world!