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Is HE calling your name?

 

Sunday, August 20 is shaping up to be a day of unprecedented response. A day where people take the next step in their spiritual journey and go All-In with their faith by being baptized, just like they were in the New Testament. It’s our annual All-In Baptism Weekend!

Click here to see last year’s All-In highlights!
James Hansee and I are hosting an informal Baptism Q&A lunch this Sunday, August 13 at 12:30pm (right after the second service) for anyone who would like more information. You don’t have to attend the lunch to go All-In, but attend if you have questions. Just reply to this email to let us know you’re coming so we know how many pizzas to order!

Anita Ridener is also offering an All-In class for students this Sunday, August 13 at 9:30am. If you are in high school or younger and want to go All-In, please contact Anita (middle and high school) or Jereca Humphries (5th grade and younger) first to get information that will help you process this important decision. Don’t wait!

Is God prompting you to do this? Multiple folks have already told me they are praying/thinking about going public with their faith by going All-In that Sunday. If you have never been baptized by immersion, PLEASE watch Francis Chan’s short discussion of this. It’s not complicated, friend!

My staff team and I are here to assist you in this simple, obvious, and powerful next step in your faith journey. We would love to talk with you about this and answer any questions you may have. For those of you who grew up on the Westside, it can be a little stressful, especially when it comes to explaining why you are being immersed to your family or friends. They may even think you are crazy or joining a cult! Here are a couple of helpful thoughts (and things you can say):

Your parents did a great job establishing a foundation in your spiritual life. You are simply building on that wonderful foundation. Your first baptism was wonderfully done by another on your behalf. This one is being wonderfully done by you for you (and you’ll remember it!).
Your baptism by immersion is not an indictment against their religion or heritage, but a next step for you on your spiritual journey that God is prompting you to do. As a believing adult, you must do what God is leading you to do, just as they did years ago.
Your decision is something you are doing because of what you now understand the Bible to say/direct. Every single baptism in the New Testament was by immersion. That’s what the word baptism really means. Every single baptism in the New Testament was done by a believing adult who had an awareness of right and wrong and chose to do so themselves. You are just following the Bible.
Any false guilt you may be feeling will go away with time.
Always treat your family with respect, but be bold and follow through with this decision if this is what you feel God is leading you to do.
Invite your family to attend a service here. They might have a different feeling for who we are after they experience a Sunday service.
Just know that there are tons of other adults at Whitewater who have also gone through this who are here to support you and cheer you on. There will also be dozens of others that Sunday who grew up just like you who are taking these very courageous steps!

I am personally praying for God to move in an unprecedented way and make some spiritual waves on August 20. Speaking of making ripples, look for a letter from me about our Ripple campaign this fall, which will transform mortgage payments into ministry dollars that will ripple out locally, regionally, and globally to solve the seven largest problems of our world. The sooner we eliminate our debt, the sooner we can translate debt into difference-making: think of the Dollar Difference on steroids! Don’t forget – if someone from the Ripple Campaign team calls and asks for your help, please say ‘yes!’

See you Sunday for another ‘Worst Story’ from the Bible. And don’t forget to bring those ‘shoes for souls’ with you!