"20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."--Eph 3:20-21
This weekend we had a "Not Alone" baptism at Church! We've been praying for weeks for this weekend. Last night we baptized 37. This morning, in the second service there were more than 150 who signed up and got in line for baptism--it's still going on. I have no idea how many came in the earlier service. They set up 4 horse troughs on the stage and they should have set up 20. It's hard not to cry for each and every one. One man just confessed that Jesus healed him of cancer in the last two weeks (we happen to be in a sermon series on miracles). Many of them confess their adoracion for Jesus in Spanish. What a delight!
Each one stood to say they were not ashamed of Jesus and that the people who stood beside them had "held their rope" just like the 4 men who dropped their paralyzed friend through the roof for Jesus to heal them. There is no better testimony--that's what Baptism is all about!
Last night, I stood as a counselor when they invited people to come for baptism even if they hadn't planned to do it. We even had clothes for all of them. So last night, I met a new friend. She has been praying about getting baptized for months. She was even thinking about going to Atlanta to be baptized since she watches Andy Stanley on TV all the time. The Lord told her to come last night. She had no idea that baptism was all we were doing last night. Before the service, I had prayed for more to come, spontaneously. I prayed through until the Lord said to get up, that they were on the way. Gotta love the way He works.
I just watched a an adult woman with Down syndrome praise God in Spanish. How cool!! We're still watching it stream on the computer and it's noon. They're inviting more.
Our admin pastor had included these baptisms on his prayer list a few weeks ago. He asked me to pray for 75 baptisms through the weekend. He easily tripled that number. What an amazing opportunity to see God work! Definately, "immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine."