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A Baptism Like No Other

1 Corinthians 3

For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe–as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.

For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. 10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds.11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. 14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.

Last night I experienced something I pray all Pastors would get to experience in their lifetime.  We enjoyed a baptism service.  Baptism is a powerful service in itself but it was the participants in this service that made the night so special.  

As we retooled early this year we had some families end up at our parent church, Sonlight Church. What I was able to see last night was Paul's words in action.  As I stood on the deck of the pool I had the opportunity to watch a baptism like no other:

The woman being baptized came into our church after I gave her husband an invite card in 2005!

The person baptising her was a man I challenged a few months later (July 2005) to quit chasing success in the corporate world for himself and start chasing after signifcance by introducing people to Jesus and living a Godly life at home.  

The Church hosting this event was our parent church... the church where I served as Youth Pastor and the church that ultimately launched us out in the church plant.  

It was certainly an amazing moment.  The moment when I can sit back and celebrate "Father, thank you for allowing me to play a small role in your plan."  

posted by Tally Wilgis @ Wednesday, September 10, 2008

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