Tuesday, September 20, 2011

From Death to Life

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

The following is a baptism story from Church at the Ballpark:

On Sunday as I finished counseling one person, I immediately looked up to see the line of people waiting to get counseled for baptism spanning the entire staircase and as far as I could see. This was an incredible sight and to be honest I was skeptical of the amount that would even respond due to the horrible acoustics at the ballpark and the coolness of the weather. But the truth is that God showed up at the ballpark and his Spirit moved as we experienced something that was filled with the power and resembled that of what we read about in the book of Acts.

I walked up to the next lady in line who was responding to celebrate with her on her decision; and as we walk over to the table and sit down, I look up and all I see are tears streaming down her face. She was overwhelmed by the power of the GOSPEL!

As we begin to talk I learned that she is from Columbia and has been a Catholic her entire life. To her being a Christian has always been about her and what she could do in order to be looked at as good and righteous, but she always felt like she failed at this, which left her feeling far from God.

On Sunday at the ballpark for the first time she realized why she had always felt empty and far from God as she tried her hardest to do what she was supposed to do and everything that the Catholic church told her to do. The reason being that she would always fail because the focus had always been on her works righteousness not Christ and the gospel. On Sunday however her eyes were opened as she realized that it is by grace through faith in Christ alone that salvation is found.

She understood for the first time the gospel that Christ has already suffered in her place the full wrath of God for her sin. In response to this she wept with joy and praise for her Savior Jesus as she celebrated in going from death to life in baptism!

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