So, yesterday we had an amazing service at Colchester Baptist Church. Four friends were baptised as believers and shared their faith with us. It was so inspiring, so encouraging and so special to have been a part of it.
I shared with our church that when I was little I used to enjoy watching baptism by immersion because of the big splash. I can remember describing believer’s baptism by immersion to a group of primary school children and they got very excited about the big splash too. They even mentioned it in the ‘thank you’ letter they wrote me.
But, as I said yesterday, baptism makes a splash in a different way. It shows the impact God has made in the lives of ordinary people. Sometimes it’s not easy to see, but yesterday it was impossible to miss! And the ripples spread a long way, too: two of our friends yesterday were baptised because someone they know was baptised and had told them all about it.
I guess that, as a Baptist Minister, you would expect me to be an enthusiast for believer’s baptism. And you’d be right. But it’s a ‘chicken and egg’ situation. I am not sure if am an enthusiast because I am a Baptist Minister or I am a Baptist Minister because I am an enthusiast! Probably both are true…
If you were with us yesterday I pray that you were as blessed and encouraged as I was. If you weren’t, I pray you’ll still be blessed and encouraged and that God will make a splash in your life too. Who knows where the ripples will end up?
Be blessed, be a blessing.
Once there was a millionaire, who collected live alligators. He kept them in the pool in back of his mansion. The millionaire also had a beautiful daughter who was single. One day he decides to throw a huge party, and during the party he announces, “My dear guests . . . I have a proposition to every man here. I will give one million dollars or my daughter to the man who can swim across this pool full of alligators and emerge alive!”
As soon as he finished his last word, there was the sound of a large splash!! There was one guy in the pool swimming with all he could and screaming out of fear. The crowd cheered him on as he kept stroking as though he was running for his life. Finally, he made it to the other side with only a torn shirt and some minor injuries. The millionaire was impressed.
He said, “My boy that was incredible! Fantastic! I didn’t think it could be done! Well I must keep my end of the bargain. Do you want my daughter or the one million dollars?”
The guy says, “Listen, I don’t want your money, nor do I want your daughter! I want the name of the person who pushed me in!”