Baptism

Outward Expression of an Inward Movement

SUNDAY FOLLOW UP

BY PASTOR MATT COCHERN

     
If I had two belly buttons, I would put one in the Naval Reserves!!!
     
I remember my baptism. I was 22 and had a new, fresh understanding of what it meant to be a follower of Christ. The Pastor at a small church and a group of friends that were influential in my journey all gathered with me at the river in Eagle next to Coldstone Creamery. It was April and I remember the water was cold! I walked in as deep as I could without being swept down river and went under. I was lifted up to cheering and greeted by hugs and encouraging words. We all gathered in close and prayed for my new life. The old was gone and the new had begun. 

Pastor Jerry shared of when John the Baptist baptized Jesus. The Spirit came down as a dove and remained on Him. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward movement. In our lives as Christians, it is symbolic of our sins being washed away and us entering into a new life with Christ. I entered into that new life 12 years ago and my life has been different ever since. May God bless you and keep you.  May you, this Easter season, recognize Jesus in your life and make a decision to go public. Share with the Church and the world that you are a new creation in Christ!