To say that yesterdays baptism/church service at Avila Beach didn’t go as planned would be an understatement. Since I had several people inquiring about what happened I thought I would explain and share with you what led up to one of the most memorable baptisms in Calvary SLO’s history.
Looking back over the day, I realized that due to my befuddlement in having to modify everything on the fly and the concern that I wouldn’t be heard anyway, I failed to unpack the reason for baptism (though we did have abundant information provided online prior).
So for those who had questions as to what we were doing, here it is:
Jesus changes lives by raising us to life from the grave of our sin, and baptism puts this reality on visible display. The water represents the grave in which one goes down, only to be raised to life out of it – like a new birth! Baptism presents the redemptive and transformative work of Jesus in a way that sermons, poetry and songs simply can’t. And for those who took the plunge, they will never forget the chilling shock of their immersion into the cold water and the exhilarating joy of rising out of it. The beautiful message of baptism quite simply is Jesus saves.
The baptism on Memorial Day Weekend 2013 will be in my memory as the most unexpectedly blessed baptism to date. Also, here are some of the Instagram photos that many of you uploaded and hashtagged #calvaryslo.
Awesome to hear this and bummed I missed it! Thanks for sharing
What an amazing morning this turned out to be!
Looks really nice! Looking forward to May 17th!