June 22, 2018

Raised to 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)

Raised to Life!  That’s the theme for Super Summer Baptism!  If you missed the first weekend, we have a special opportunity for you this weekend at a Woodlands Church campus near you with Super Summer Baptism 2! 

Baptism symbolizes the transformational power that offers us new life! As we identify with Christ’s death through baptism, we die to our old way of life.  When He was raised from the dead, we too are raised from our old life by the wonderful power of the Father to experience new life in Christ!  There’s simply no other experience or symbol that so powerfully expresses that transformation than baptism!  If you’ve never taken that step, I want to encourage you to join us this weekend and experience the joy of being raised to life!  Here’s the grace story of one of the men baptized at our first weekend of Super Summer Baptism.  Eric described his life as conflicted, confused, lost, depressed, alone and angry before he received Christ. He writes:

I have been an atheist all of my life and became even more of a non-believer after my mother passed away from Lupus.  Then my wife was diagnosed with Lupus, and my brother was killed in a low-speed car accident when the airbag exploded. Even though I was happily married, I began looking for a way out for no apparent reason but just being selfish.   

With nowhere else to turn, Eric decided to attend a service at Woodlands Church, hoping to find answers and help. He said, 

I started to attend Woodlands Church by myself every Sunday, and every message I heard seemed like it was being spoken directly to me. Every topic hit a nerve and lead me back to my wife and kids.

When he put his trust in Christ and gave Jesus all the confusion, pain and sorrow, Eric said his life completely changed!  He writes,

I am back home and am working every day to be the best husband and father I can be. My outlook on life has gone from negative to positive.

His description reminds me of the promise the Bible gives us in 2 Corinthians 5:17. 

“When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand-new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!”

Baptism is such an amazing picture of that life change!  When asked to describe his baptism experience at Super Summer Baptism, Eric said,  

Being baptized was one of the top moments in my life.  To have my family there, and a few close friends, meant a lot. Not everyone knew the struggles I have lived with the past few years and, especially, the past 6 months. The people that were there to support me knew what I had been dealing with and stuck by my side no matter what I did or didn’t do and that meant the world to me.

If you’re ready for a new beginning, take the same step Eric did.  Turn to Christ and trust Him as your personal Savior.  Then follow Him in simple obedience through baptism and experience what it means to truly be raised to life!  Old things will pass away and everything will become brand new! Register now!