Walt’s Baptism

During the fall, Walt began asking serious questions about salvation.  Heaven has been a frequent topic of conversation since losing Pop, but Walt began probing further.  He’s been in church since he was in the womb, so the terminology has long been familiar and “Sunday school answers”  roll off his tongue easily.  But he had come to a place of knowing he lacked a relationship with Jesus.

I began praying that God would continue to tender his heart and give us moments to share Scriptural truths without pressing.  On October 13, 2013, just before bedtime, Walt prayed and invited Jesus into his heart.

He also did as the Lord commands and went to school the next day to “share the Good News.” However, we later had to discuss his tactics.  He may or may not have told a few people they were gonna go to hell if they didn’t know Jesus.

Walt was baptized on Sunday, December 22, 2013.    He discovered Christmas in a new way.  He had received the greatest Gift of all during 2013.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”  Ephesians 2:8

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(We were grateful to have Eric Perkins baptize Walt.  He served on staff at Harrisburg in Tupelo several years ago and is now at Mobberly in Longview.  It’s been a blessing to have a familiar face in our new church.)

Another blessing has been the ministry for new Christians.  Walt attended a six-week class on Sunday mornings that covered a variety of topics including: prayer life, serving Christ, obedience through Baptism, the significance of the Lord’s Supper, and spending time in the Word & memorizing Scripture.  He learned so much and had the sweetest teachers.

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