October 29 & 30, 2016 is a Mission Weekend at Grace Community Church! God’s mission, his desire for us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them…” (Matthew 28:18-20) is why we exist as a family of faith and do everything that we do.
Nothing could be a more fitting testimony to God’s mission than celebrating baptisms! We are overjoyed that a whole bunch of people are ready to proclaim their trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior this weekend at all three worship gatherings. Each person coming to the water has a unique story. You’ll be able to read several of them on this blog starting with Mavourene Robinson’s story below. Join us in praising God for working in their lives and through our church to impact the world!
Faith Journey: Mavourene Robinson
“It would be great if I could say that my journey with Christ just began, because that would mean I have not lost twenty-five plus years of my adult life doing things my own way.
The truth is that I have known of and professed fellowship with the Father, Son and Holy Ghost as for as long as I can remember. I first remember saying the prayer of salvation to a Billy Graham Crusade message as a four or five year old, but it’s likely that I’d mimicked it many times prior during my family’s consistent church attendance and revivals. However, my journey is one that is measured by bumpy, sometimes downright sloppy but consistent growth from intellectual faith to relational faith. From keeping Jesus at arm’s length, content with knowing Him as my Savior I am at least saved from hell, to committing my life to Him as Lord and pursuing Him at all costs. Trusting that His plans and promises to me are greater than anything else will ever be.
But like too many others to make my story unique, my adult journey had been rooted in self-sufficiency, selfishness and fear-producing pride born from a childhood that in no way resembled the one God intended fathers and mothers to model His unconditional love. So, it never really occurred to me – no matter how often I had heard it preached- that God knew and especially loved me. That He has a purpose for me, Mavourene. But God!
This baptism is a manifestation of God’s grace and His promise that His children can never be plucked from His hand. I can look back on the ways that He has protected, provided for and had mercy on me, in spite of many more areas of compromise than I would ever want revealed in mass, and joyfully say that we can trust Him! There is nothing too big for Him to forgive and no one too broken for Him to mend with His perfect love.
When He said in Psalms 27:10, “when my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me”, He is speaking to every little girl and little boy whose vessels of procreation acted outside of God’s perfect will and seared you in ways that you thought irreparable. God is just waiting with open arms for us to stop running from Him and to be lights in our increasingly dark culture. ”