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.
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!
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!
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.
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!