Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and makes disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:16-20
On February 17, 2019 38 residents of John 3:16 Ministries chose to brave the frigid water and gusty winds and be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Baptism is for believers who’ve already been saved. Nothing says that you’re a believer to the world more than getting baptized. It’s a sign and seal of our covenant of grace with God. It’s how we make a commitment to God while other’s look on and also an appeal to God to show him our obedience.Repentance is directly linked to baptism.
The families of the men gathered around the water’s edge, snuggled up in blankets and winter coats. One by one, the men announced to the crowd why exactly they were choosing to be baptized. The instructors then waded out into the cold lake and baptized 15 men at a time. It symbolized the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ as well as the old person being buried and the new person being raised in Christ.
“I was so blessed to have had the opportunity to be baptized in order to show the outward expression of my faith for Jesus Christ with my brothers here at John 3:16. Seeing the joy on the families’ faces as well as the joy on my family’s faces and how proud they were of me just goes to show awesome Jesus is. Four months ago I had lost hope and they were losing theirs but Jesus saved my life, restored my hope. My family and I will never forget the day I left the old man in that pond. Thank you Jesus!” Jacob Morrison