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June 23, 2017

Celebrating New Life!

“When we were baptized, we were buried with Christ and shared His death. So, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the wonderful power of the Father, we also can live a new life.” Romans 6:4 (NCV)

Baptism is a beautiful celebration of our new life in Christ! The water doesn’t wash away our sins, but symbolizes our identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  When writing to the Christ followers in Rome, the apostle Paul said,

“When we were baptized, we were buried with Christ and shared His death.”

We share in the death of Jesus through baptism by dying to our old way of life controlled by sin and self-interest so that the risen life of Christ may empower us to live a new quality of life that has no other explanation but Christ in us! The rest of the verse puts it like this:

“So, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the wonderful power of the Father, we also can live a new life.” 

Have you ever wanted to just begin again? You can! The same power that raised Christ from the dead is available to transform you into the person God wants you to be! Through baptism, we celebrate that new life! Erica described her baptism celebration like this:

“My baptism experience at Woodlands Church was amazingly special. All the smiles of the congregation watching the baptisms performed were beautiful. I was overwhelmed with love and peace after being baptized. My husband had our daughter on his shoulders to watch me get baptized. In due time, she will understand the step of obedience I took. I always want to be a good example for my daughter, and a faithful Christian. Post baptism, I feel more of a responsibility to be a faithful servant. I want to spread His word, and follow the path He has set for me.”

While watching her sister being baptized, Catherine said,

“The energy at Super Summer Baptism was powerful. Hundreds of people erupted in applause for Lisa as she was baptized! Lisa wanted to show her lifetime commitment to live her life as an example of God’s love. She did it. I’m so proud of her!”

These are just two among the thousands of people we have had the joy of celebrating their new life in Christ through baptism at Woodlands Church. Here’s a video from last year’s Super Summer Baptism celebration!

If you missed Super Summer Baptism last weekend, we have a second chance for you or someone you know to celebrate new life in Christ this weekend at Super Summer Baptism 2! Register now and join us at a Woodlands Church campus near you!