Dear Watermark Church family,
“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
The first story we read in the gospels about Jesus as an adult is His baptism. The last thing Jesus said to His disciples before ascending into heaven was the Great Commission, stating that they should go throughout the world making disciples and baptizing them. Baptism is obviously a very important activity in the New Testament. Several members of Watermark Church are going to be baptized this Sunday. Let me know if you are interested in being baptized this Sunday! Here are a few biblical insights regarding being baptized.
1. You don’t need to be baptized to be saved. The New Testament teaches that a person is saved by repentance from sin and faith in Christ. “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:38) In Luke 23, the thief on the cross recognized who Jesus was, reached out to Him, and Jesus promised him salvation. That dying thief had no opportunity to be baptized.
2. Being baptized as a believer is necessary to be obedient to Jesus. We are commanded to be baptized as a part of being His disciple. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Mt. 28:19) Thus, we don’t get baptized when we “feel like it,” or when we “get around to it” or when we are “led to it by the Lord.” Baptism is one of only two ordinances or “points of reference” that Jesus commands us to observe for all time. The other is The Lord’s Supper, or what is often called communion.
3. Baptism is a public profession of your faith. Baptism is done before a group of people who witness your confession of faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism is not the only way we profess to be a Christian, but it is an important way.
4. Baptism symbolizes your cleansing from sin. Baptism throughout the New Testament indicated that a person had “repented” or turned away from sin. The apostles often referred to the fact that believers were washed from sin. Peter stated that the water in baptism symbolized not the cleansing of the body from dirt, but the cleansing of the conscience as we ask God for forgiveness. (1 Peter 3:21)
5. Baptism symbolizes your union with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection. When you become a Christian, you die to sin and your old way of life and you begin a whole new life. Romans 6:8 states, “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” The very act of baptism (being immersed in the water and coming up out of the water) is a picture of what happens to you spiritually – that you have died, been buried and have arisen with Christ!
Join us this Sunday at 10:30am at Watermark Church as we baptize several members of our church. What an uplifting morning this Sunday will be!
The Watermark Christmas Craft Bazaar fundraiser will be held on Saturday, November 3 at the church. We are looking for several volunteers to help run this community event. There will be a PLANNING MEETING this Sunday, 10/14 after the baptism for everyone interested in helping with this event.
Thanksgiving Food Baskets for local needy families – This year, our goal is to assemble 15 Thanksgiving Food Baskets for local families. Please bring these items this Sunday:
- October 14 - canned yams or stuffing mix
Church Clean-up Day Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 AM – Noon! Come help us clean, organize, and remove old items to help beautify our facility.
The job list includes:
- cleaning restrooms, classrooms and floors
- cleaning the baptistry
- decluttering the old building
Let Tim Kellis know if it is more convenient for you to come at another time during the week besides Saturday morning to help with these clean-up tasks.
The Watermark FALL FESTIVAL is Sunday, October 28 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Watermark Church. There will be food, games, trunk or treat and contests. Come vote for your favorite chili and carved pumpkin! We are looking for members to cook their favorite chili recipe. Let JC Kellis know if you are bringing chili. Be sure to invite friends and neighbors!
Baptism – Sunday, October 14! We will have a baptism for several members of our church on Sunday, 10/14 during the worship service. Let pastors Ron or Larry know if you would like to be baptized.
We are looking for volunteers to be Sunday Children's Church teachers and sound booth operators. Contact Paul Settimo or Tim Kellis if you would like to help in these vital ministries!
The 20-somethings/College and Career small group is continuing Sunday October 14thand will be studying the book “Vertical Church.” See Isaiah and Kristen Hruby for more details.
Next Youth Group is Sunday, October 14 @ 5:30PM HS / 6:30PM JH – Bible Study at the church. Youth from grades 6-12 will begin studying the book “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman. See Isaiah and Kristen Hruby for more information.
The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast is held every Friday at 7:00 AM, and the location is at the Waffle House at the Monroe Outlets / SR 63 & I-75. Join with the men of Watermark Church for an encouraging time of fellowship!
The Prophecy and World Events class is being offered at 9:30 AM Sundays, taught by Pastor Ron.
Life Group: The Gibson’s and Settimos’ Life Group bible study meets every other Friday. Contact Paul or Nathan for more info.
Together obeying the Lord in baptism,