It may have been cold and icy on the outside last Sunday morning but on the inside it was a day of celebration and joy for SpringCreek Fellowship. That’s because Dace Vaivade declared her faith in Jesus Christ and was buried with Him in baptism and was raised to walk in new life. She was joined in this celebration by several of her friends from Ecclesia College. And because we broadcast our services through our website and on Facebook, some of her family and friends back in Latvia were able to join in the celebration!
Baptism is an important step in the life of a Christ-follower. It is a public affirmation of the choice to follow Jesus. It is where one becomes like Jesus is His death, His burial and His resurrection. In Romans 6:3-4, Paul wrote, “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just a Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may life a new life.” Baptism is powerful symbol that conveys the spiritual realities of dying with Christ to my old life; to burying that life in the water as Christ was buried in the tomb; as being raised to new life as surely as Christ left His tomb behind on Easter morning. Because it is such a powerful symbol, it is a time for celebration, for the one being baptized, in this case Dace, and for the church that has nurtured her along toward that decision.
Dace has been worshiping with us here at SCF, along with her fianace, Rolands Narkis for some time now. It has been a joy to watch her grow in her new faith, get involved in one of our small groups, and join in some of our various service opportunities. I encourage you to pray for her, for now that she has given herself to Christ, the enemy will do all he can to try to reclaim this “lost territory.” But we will stand with her and fight for her, as she grows “in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18).
God is good and we are seeing His faithfulness in empowering us to make #thegreatestcomebacksincelazarus. God is moving here at SCF and is touching lives, “to the praise of His glorious grace.”