And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38 (ESV)
Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Revelation 2:10b (ESV)
We had found the church we had been searching for. We attended for several weeks before we made the decision to be baptized into Christ. It was on a Sunday night. When the invitation was offered at the end of the sermon. We went forward to be baptized. Rowena handed Levi to Karen, and Doug handed Katy to Kathy, and up we went. Kathy was the nurse of the doctor that delivered both babies.
Many were shocked to see us go forward after only attending for a few weeks. No one had studied with us about the significance of baptism, so they were a bit surprised to see us come to the decision so quickly. We told Doug we were ready to be baptized, and he made the announcement. Doug took our confession that Jesus is the Son of God and we headed to the baptistry.
So when we got to the changing room Doug had a few questions for me about my decision to be baptized. I assured him I knew what it was for and why I was doing it. I could tell he was a little apprehensive knowing we hadn’t study the subject with anyone in the church. But, he went ahead and baptized the two of us. Rowena and I were born again together that day and that has made all the difference in our lives and our children’s lives. That day we started on journey that would take us to places we had never imagined going.
We came up out of the water new creatures, free from sin and welcomed into the Kingdom of God. Our new brothers and sisters sang songs of praise to our heavenly father, for what was lost now was found, two more prodigals had returned. The angels in heaven rejoiced at two sinners that had repented. To this day every time I sing “It is well with my soul” when someone is baptized, the tears flow freely. Tears of joy because I know that Jesus has added another soul to the heavenly role.
We did go onto to raise all of our children in the church, and in a Christian home as was the plan when Rowena and I started searching for “the church I read about in the New Testament”. We weren’t’ perfect parents, the church wasn’t rife with perfect people, but it was full of the love of Christ. Together with the Oxford Hills church of Christ, and later the Sabattus church of Christ we raised up three wonderful Christian children.
Our oldest Levi, the one whose birth brought us to where we needed to be still attends Oxford Hills church of Christ. He’s a truck driver, and owns a home in Oxford Hills. He is still blessed to be among those that taught him as he was growing up. Our youngest son Luke is one of the preacher’s at the Salmon Falls church of Christ in Rochester New Hampshire. Our youngest, Rachel is married to Travis, and together they are living in Old Hickory TN, where they both have great jobs, and work with young adults at the Madison church of Christ. We are so proud of the them all, and the love they have for all of God’s people.
Together Rowena and I serve the Kittery church of Christ. We are blessed beyond what words can express. It is my prayer, and hope that we all remain faithful unto death, and that we may be used to lead others to the salvation we enjoy in Jesus.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans.
© 2014 Leo J. Woodman