Posted on 6th February 2018 at 10:13 by LCBC News in LCBC News Blog
Our Sunday morning service on 28th January was such a wonderful time of worship and teaching and made really special by the baptism of three of our congregation – Jordan, David and Laila. The atmosphere was one of excitement and expectation as soon as I arrived at church and it was wonderful to get together with the pastors, those getting baptised and other members of the church to pray beforehand for the service, for those being baptised and their families and that all those attending the service would feel a real sense of God’s presence.
The teaching from Neil was on Devoted to Worship and how we should value God in our hearts, in our daily lives and in our praise, above all else. I was once again reminded of the need to ensure that it is God who reigns and is king in my life and not me and that he alone is worthy of our worship. The worship during the service, which is usually good, just seemed to be even more special this morning.
And that was also because of the wonderful testimonies of those who were baptised; each very different, very special and very moving in their own way. Jordan shared how he had at times struggled with his faith but that at various points God had spoken to him though events and scripture, including the reminder that ‘while we were still sinners, Christ died for us’ (Romans 5:8) and ‘what good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?’ (Mark 8:36). David shared how the Bible didn’t make sense to him until after his major accident last year when he broke both legs at work. He came to church at the prompting of his sister and found that he started to understand God’s word but he then lost his job and had a breakdown. He turned to prayer and read the Bible and over time he got better and got a new job; he now recognises that while the obstacles in life are still there, God helps us see them and overcome them.
Laila’s story was pretty remarkable too. God had called her as a young woman and she was rescued from the bondage of sin, guilt and fear of the future. But then she spent almost 40 years in what felt like the wilderness but God remained with her and she sought out LCBC only a few weeks ago to find a warm welcome, a home with her brothers and sisters in Christ. She spoke movingly about how much God meant to her and that her baptism represented the death of her old self and a rising to new life in Christ.
The children crowded round to see the baptisms and after each we all sang a verse from In Christ alone which was simply wonderful, and finished the service by singing How great is our God. It was a very special time for all. Praise God for his saving grace and his boundless love.