CBC Family: Don’t know if you knew or felt the weight of what happened this past Sunday, but we had several of our friends in our community get baptized. I know it’s one of those things that “just happens” every year but I wanna lay down some foundation and also some expectation for us as we move forward.
1. Testimony: Its crazy to think that these people who were baptized on Sunday were willing to confess to hundreds of strangers their sins, inadequacies, and vulnerabilities. They got into the water and professed that they needed someone to save them from their sins and to something much bigger than themselves. Christians, this should constantly remind you of your own testimony (how Christ grabbed you from your former life). This ought to bring you back to hope and embolden your passion to see others saved as well. Non-Christians, this should get you to think and really examine all of this. Is this just a hoax where people again are duped into some futile religion? Or perhaps this might simply confront your own soul.
2. Membership: When they decided to take their faith public, they also consciously decided to join the local body of CBC. They all knew prior to baptism what CBC had to offer. They knew (maybe not fully) the strengths and weaknesses, potential, historical struggles, and lineage of this church on 900 Brogden. For the most part, they understood that membership is not cheap, nor is it easy…there are requirements, accountability, and participation. Yet they still decided to commit their lives to growing with, serving, loving, and correcting the local body at CBC. Members of CBC, your role is to take your membership seriously as well and come alongside these new members and coach them towards growth. Show them the areas in which they can grow in this church and serve alongside of them.
As we continue to baptize more people, our hopes and dreams are still tied to the Gospel. At the end of the day, may our foundation still be the Gospel as it progresses into the universal church and practically take its form in the local church. Let us, as a body, encourage these new members toward holiness and growth.