Where were you when? There are moments in history, when they happen, you remember where you were when you got the news. For my parents it was JFK’s assassination; for me it was the Challenger explosion and 9/11. Or maybe it is a more personal moment when you realized the moment was bigger than you. For instance, when I was sitting in a village in the jungle of Peru, watching a soccer friendly with 400 Peruvians in the middle of the village on an inflatable screen. I realized that, while I love sports, I have a new appreciation for how much bigger soccer is around the world. Or do you remember the smells and the feeling of a special memory like a first date with your spouse, a special childhood moment, or the taste of your favorite meal? These are moments that are like thumb tacks in our life. They cause an emotional response; they spark the return of a memory and nostalgia.
The Biggest Moment of Your Life
Then think about the moment you heard the gospel for the first time; I mean really heard it, really understood what Christ had done for you. This is the one moment that alters every fiber of our being. It changes the direction of our lives. This moment for us should culminate in the decision for each step of our lives to be towards following Christ. At Mercy Hill we believe that baptism is the “first step of discipleship” in following Christ. The Bible says in Eph 2:4-5, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” If you are saved by Christ, you need to be baptized—not to be saved because all that water does is get you wet—but to proclaim publicly that you will follow Jesus as Lord. The Bible goes on to say in Eph 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” God has a plan for your life, but for all who come to him their first step and moment needs to be obedient in baptism.
Mercy Hill is baptizing on July 18th and 21st. Please sign up today, and our staff will talk to you about taking this first step.
-Paul Howington (Connections Associate Director)