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Picnic and Baptism at Lake Ingleside

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Every year one event that brings hundreds of Inglesiders together for a relaxed, joy-filled meal is our annual Church Picnic.  I hope you have already marked your calendars and are planning to be here Wednesday night, June 27.

Not only is there really good food, but there is great conversation, singing, praying, mission team commissioning, sharing the Lord’s Supper, and . . . the celebration of believer’s baptism.

Baptized yet? So, if you have never been scripturally baptized as a believer by immersion, you can take that step now.  If you have turned from your sin (that’s repentance) and are trusting Jesus alone to save you from your sins (that’s faith), to be baptized is a step of obedience that God expects.

(Of course, the wisdom of parents and pastor should be a significant factor in the timing of a child’s baptism.  To wait for appropriate maturity is the wisest course.)

Why be baptized?  The significance and benefits of being scripturally baptized are multi-dimensional.  Individually, it is a major spiritual marker that indicates I am ready to openly identify as a Christ-follower and obey him as my Lord.

But, it is more than a merely personal act.  When I am baptized I am taking my stand with other believers in the body of Christ.  I am affirming my commitment to a community of faith, the church.

To unbelievers that may witness my baptism, it is a powerful picture of the heart of the gospel – the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  And, of course, Scriptural baptism brings great glory to God!

Next Steps.  So, if you want to be baptized in the lake on Wednesday night, June 27, email baptism@ingleside.org. Our Membership Pastor, Mark Hudgins, or his assistant will help arrange a conversation and can provide all the details.

I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, June 27, here at Ingleside for a great evening of fellowship and worship.

Your Pastor and Friend,

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