Downtown Cornerstone Blog
Aug 30
2016

BBQ & Baptisms This Thursday!

Baptism, Event | by Pastor David Parker

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Friends,
It’s hard to believe we’re already knocking on the doors of September, but in just two days we’re going to be celebrating God’s grace to us through our end of summer BBQ and Baptisms event! As I’ve been praying and looking forward to this Thursday, I wanted to send out one last pastoral note and invitation.

Join us

We don’t often get many opportunities to be one church, in one place, all meeting together, but this Thursday at 6:00pm we’re going to have that opportunity as we gather down at Myrtle Edwards Park for our 6th annual BBQ and Baptisms. It is going to be a great night in spite of whatever weather we have (more on that below) and I hope you’ll be there to join in the celebration.

The grills will be hot and we’ll begin serving food at 6pm. There is no need to bring anything other than your friends and your appetite (Unless you’re part of a Cornerstone Community that is bringing food to share). Around 7:00pm I will share a brief gospel word which will be immediately followed by testimonies and baptisms.

Why are baptisms such a big deal?

Each baptism is far more than a person getting wet, but a story, a testimony of a person being united with Christ in His death and resurrection, and being transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of Gods beloved son (Col 1:13). So, no matter how long you have followed Jesus do not lose sight of the significance, beauty, and dramatic truth portrayed in baptism. It is a picture of passing through the waters of judgment to safety, through Jesus. It is a picture of leaving behind our old self, our old ways of life and eternity without God, through Jesus. It is a picture of rising to new life, a new family, and a new future with God, through Jesus. It is a picture of having all of our sin, guilt and shame washed away, through Jesus. Every time we get to celebrate a baptism, it’s a reminder that God is at work, saving, redeeming, and sanctifying his children — and that is why baptism is such a big deal, and what we are going to celebrate this Thursday!

Be praying and see you there!

Will you join me in praying for those sharing their testimonies and getting baptized later this week? Join us on Thursday, not only to support those getting baptized, but for the good of your own soul – and those you invite.

A note about the weather

The forecast has fluctuated over the last few days. Currently, they are calling for some showers on Thursday, but as of this morning that chance is now down to 20%. The plan right now is to move forward with our plans at Myrtle Edwards, but in the event it’s looking like more than a brief shower and more of a steady rain, we’ll move our celebration to the church’s building. If you don’t hear any more updates from us, we’ll see you all at the park, otherwise we’ll push out some more communication Thursday morning if it looks like we need to move indoors.

For the glory of our King,
Pastor David