29 & 30 Dec 2018

Dear church family

Praise be to God for the 12 persons who were baptised on Christmas Day. We thank our Abba Father for his salvation grace and bountiful mercy in calling them to Himself as his beloved children in the kingdom of God. Interestingly, these 12 baptismal candidates is a reflection of a beautiful multi-generational picture from the very young to the elderly: 1 baby, 2 toddlers, 1 youth, 4 adults and 4 elderly.

I spoke briefly with a Christian lady guest and saw the joy on her face and delight in her eyes as she witnessed the baptism of her elderly parents. It was also a great joy to witness the baptism of a father and his twin sons together. Every baptismal candidate has a wonderful story to tell of God’s love and grace in their lives. Indeed, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13.

What a wonderful way to end the year 2018 with the joy and encouragement of the Baptism service on Christmas Day as we rejoice in the First Coming of Jesus Christ our Saviour. It reminds us of what the church is to BE as the redeemed people of God and what we are called to DO in the faithful proclamation of the gospel. As we move on to the new year 2019, remember the words that the whole church declared together: “Do not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified. Fight valiantly under the banner of Christ, against sin, the world, and the devil, and continue his faithful soldier and servant to the end of your life.”

Pastor John

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