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Baptism My Life NPL LA

The Best Birthday Present

Yesterday I celebrated my 35th birthday! If you know me, you’ll know I am fairly low key about birthdays. This one was excellent. It was a packed day. I went on a long run with one of my teammates, then took Emily with me to the Valley to watch a baptism, and then our family gathered with our church in Long Beach.

This baptism was beautiful. It was the second one in this network and it was absolutely clear that the young woman being baptized was been transformed and is deeply in love with Jesus! On top of that, I was reflecting on how this unfolded in some surprising ways. Two months ago I baptized someone and modeled it for this family. A month later, I assisted this family in baptizing a new disciple. Yesterday, I got to watch them baptize a new disciple, while also modeling it for that other new disciple. Next week, I am launching them to reproduce it on their own as they will assist their first new disciple as he baptizes a friend of his who decides to follow Jesus while watching his baptism a month ago. We call that process M.A.W.L. (Model / Assist / Watch / Launch). Jesus is really moving and we are just trying to keep up!

We ended the day gathering with our church family. We are so loved by Jesus and our church.

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Baptism Gospel NPL LA

Repost: 60+ Baptisms in OC Last Night!

The Lord has been moving like crazy in Southern California over the past couple of months. There were 60+ baptisms at Huntington Beach just last night!

See Troy’s post for more details!

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Baptism NPL LA

First Baptism in the Valley!

Just over a month ago, I baptized Rian (left) and Ricky (center) came down from the Valley with our local leaders who live there. At that time, Ricky was interested in Jesus but he wasn’t sure following Jesus was for him. In the last couple of weeks Yann (our leader in the valley) led Ricky to Jesus!

Yesterday Rian and I drove an hour and a half from Long Beach to Malibu to celebrate Ricky’s baptism. Ricky wanted to have his baptism at Zuma Beach, so that’s where we met!

We gathered to eat lunch, worship together, share the gospel, hear Ricky’s testimony and baptize him, and take the Lord’s Supper.

Yann and Mike served the Lord’s Supper to Ricky for the first time and then to the rest of us. Shortly after the baptism, Ricky’s friend he brought with him decided she also wanted to follow Jesus! She also wants to be baptized in the ocean soon! Ricky was the first person to be baptized in the Valley network and now there are at least 2 others to be baptized in the coming weeks!

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Baptism Discipleship NPL LA

Our First Baptism!

Two Sundays ago our church and two other NPL churches gathered on the beach to celebrate our first baptism! Our new brother has walked through broken family, prison, addiction, and more. Jesus has set him free and is transforming his life!

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Baptism Disciplemaking Harvest Story NPL Boone

First Local Baptism!

A few weeks ago, our #NoPlaceLeft Boone team had their first baptism of a new believer! Haley led her to faith so Haley baptized her. Seth, the senior pastor of Perkinsville Baptist Church (their their legacy church), a family member who is an elder at Perkinsville, and another family member were all in the water with them.

It is so encouraging to see the kingdom expand and it is especially encouraging to see a local church empowering believers to make disciples, baptize them, and teach them to obey Jesus.

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Baptism BCM Disciplemaking NPL Boone

Church in the Harvest

This is what Church in the Harvest can look like sometimes. Students provided the implements for Lord’s Supper, including the hat for an offering plate. I love seeing this level of ownership.

“See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” –Acts 8:36

We have baptized new believers in the river (sometimes in February!), in a hotel pool, in a church baptistery, in the university Rec Center pool, and now in a bathtub. That they identify publicly with Jesus is more important than where they are baptized.

Simple is more reproducible. This is my church family. I love living on mission with them!

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Baptism Disciplemaking Harvest Story

Baptism: Zac Gravis

Scott, Frankie, and John first encountered Zac in the harvest on campus a couple of years ago. He was distant for a while, but not long ago decided to go all-in with Jesus!

Last week we crammed 17 adults and 2 kids into Zac’s bedroom/bathroom to witness his public identification with Jesus. The Lord has really transformed Zac and it shows!

I LOVE seeing Jesus transform people!

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Baptism BCM Disciplemaking Harvest Story

Baptisms!

Late this semester I met with one of our new students, Mason (on the left). We had been out sharing on campus and expected to do a follow up with someone who said they were interested in talking more.

We got stood up. It happens.

So we continued to meet and I got to know Mason better. We talked about who he knew in his life who was far from God and as he drew out his list, he said he wasn’t sure how to get a spiritual conversation started with these people. I gave him some starting points and asked who was the one person God was laying on his heart to share with first.

“Logan.”

A couple of days later he FaceTimed Logan who is a student at WCU. Mason shared the gospel with Logan and led him to Christ on FaceTime! That next week he drove 3+ hours to Cullowhee, NC to baptize him in the river! He is beginning to teach Logan to obey Jesus even from a distance.

3 years ago I couldn’t have dreamed of this kind of thing happening. Now, it is still exciting (it always will be) but it is becoming a normal excitement! The Lord is clearly doing something special here!