Weekend Reflections: Baptism on 11.21.10

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”  (Romans 6:4)

There’s nothing quite like a baptism service at Willow Creek.  From the perspective of those of us who are on stage, it’s almost more than we can handle. Having our entire church gathered – with Elevate and Impact joining us, there is always a great sense of anticipation.  Seeing name after name of those being baptized and knowing that each name represents a mom or a dad, a son or a daughter, a friend or a neighbor that has been prayed for perhaps for years before this moment is exhilarating.  Hearing just a snapshot of a few stories of life change and realizing that is true for the more than 130 people who were baptized is amazing.  For those of us on stage, we experience this, not once, not twice, but three times!  By the end of the 11:15 service we simply stand in awe about what God has done.

Something interesting happened after the 11:15 service.  When all was said and done, a young man walked up front and said that it was time for him to give his life to God and to be baptized.  My friend Paul JVR talked with him for a while to make sure he understood his commitment.  They prayed together and then went into baptism pool.  Most of the commotion in the auditorium had died down and I was simply playing the piano softly while JVR baptized this young man.  I don’t know exactly what God was doing in this young man’s life, but I can only imagine God continually whispering to him, “you are my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.”  This weekend gave me an interesting picture of the outpouring of the power of God seeing 130+ people being baptized, but also seeing the poignant, intimate love of God as he drew this one young man quietly into a life with him.

This Thanksgiving, be sure to spend some time thanking God for the blessings in your life.  I want to urge you not to overlook spiritual blessings. God’s mercies are new every morning.  His faithfulness endures from generation to generation.  While we were still far off like the Prodigal Son, the Father came running back to greet us to give us new life.  Spend some time right now thanking God that we have been buried with Christ through baptism and he has raised us up to new life.  Thanks be to God.

Matt

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 11.24.10 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience.

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