Another Profession of Faith; Full Nursery; Many Visitors

This past Sunday saw another child make a profession of faith. We plan to baptize her next Sunday.

My wife has told me that the number of babies and toddlers in our nursery has now grown to the point we might have to add an extra nursery worker.

We also had several people visiting with us this past Sunday. Two families were there Sunday morning and a single man and we even had a young couple visit with us Sunday evening.

All this is so exciting and so wonderful yet I hear reports at least once a month that people who left our church in the past (some before I even got here) are saying that our church is in danger of closing. These people obviously don’t know what’s going on here. We broadcast on the radio, we’re about to begin putting sermons on the internet, we’re out in the community several times per year, we’ve had 19 or so people unite with us this year, most by profession of faith and baptism, we have more young couples attending regularly than at any time in the seven years I’ve been here, and we have visitors almost every week. That’s not what happens in a church that’s about to close it’s doors!

Please pray for us that we will be able to reach our community with the gospel and see more added to our number. Please also pray for my upcoming series for adults during the Sunday School hour from Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

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About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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3 Responses to Another Profession of Faith; Full Nursery; Many Visitors

  1. Anonymous says:

    You had a child profess faith in Christ last week and you plan to baptize her next week? Kiffin would have opposed this approach to baptism. And Dever definitely would too. We need to be careful that we are not just running kids through the baptistry and practicing our own form of infant baptism.

  2. Anonymous says:

    After hitting the publish button I realized that my previous comment was completely negative. I’m very pleased that new folks are visiting your church, that people are professing faith in Christ, and that the church is growing. I’m just concerned that you are being rather careless in your approach to baptism. Dever isn’t the standard, but since you are planning to work through one of his books you might find it interesting that he won’t baptize anyone under the age of 17. Many earlier baptists were similarly slow to baptize young people lest they be guilty of giving false assurance and lest they unwittingly begin adding unbelievers to the church.

  3. Thanks for your comments.I see no Scriptural reason to withold baptism from someone who makes a credible profession of faith regardless of their age (provided they are old enough to understand to begin with). Each of the people who have professed faith and been baptized in our church since I have been pastor had been in attendance and under the Gospel for quite some time. They are questioned thoroughly before they make their profession and are only presented as candidates for baptism after this process. Ultimately, there is no fool-proof way to guard against false assurance except the constant clear teaching of the Gospel week-in and week-out.

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