Baptism. A step of obedience. “An outward expression of an inward commitment,” as some people refer to it. In Romans 6:4, Paul explains Christ’ heart for baptism: “Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
And for those seven individuals of Candlewood who decided to take that next step in their walks with the Lord, that Sunday afternoon in Lincoln, NE of baptisms was sweet to their hearts.
“I got baptized because I wanted to show I am a new person,” said Nya Pal, from The Rock UNO. Nya’s eagerness to share her testimony and what God had done in her life was a clear picture of the transformation in her life. As a smile crept across her face, she reflected on Christ’ work in her life, “He washed away my sins.”
Derrance Teo, from The Rock UNL, felt God’s push on his life to take his walk a step deeper. Derrance was willing to grow in his walk, but he admitted to just needing an extra push and encouragement to take some faith growing steps.
“I’m glad that Candlewood Church encouraged me to grow,” said Teo. And after sharing his testimony in front of the large crowd gathered that afternoon to support the new believers, Derrance left the crowd with a challenging word, “I am ready to become a disciple of Christ, not just a believer.”
Baptism is an emotional experience, yet also a logical and obedient decision for others. Elly Kim, from the Rock UNO, says “Some of us girls studied baptism. At the time, I knew about baptism, but I didn’t understand it very well.”
And after studying and really looking into God’s word about the topic, Elly said she fully understood God’s call for His believers.
As stated in 1 Peter 3:21 “…and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ…”
And her heart grew. “I was very excited. I’m so happy I got baptized.”