Thanks to Passport New York and the MNYBA portable baptistry, the Christian Bible Church of Yonkers held its first baptism service at its church building a few weeks ago.
Here is that story as told by Pastor Todd Brandt:
We rejoice that on Sunday, February 14th during the morning worship service at Christian Bible Church, three people publicly proclaimed their salvation through baptism. Each person who was baptized came to saving faith in Jesus Christ over the past few years. Additionally, each completed a six week study called "Changed by God," offered by our church to better understand salvation and baptism. It was a great joy during the service to hear each one share in their own words how God brought them to salvation. Upon sharing their testimony, the members of CBC were challenged to help those being baptized to spiritually grow in the years ahead.
Here are a few reasons why this baptism was particularly significant for Christian Bible Church:
Our Community Context We praise God that these baptisms occurred in a community context that could be classified as a "hard place" with only three percent evangelical Christians. In spite of multiple spiritual obstacles, we rejoice that the gospel is going forth, the Holy Spirit is changing hearts, and Jesus is building His church.
Where the Baptisms Were Held Previously our church baptized people "off site." We praise God for a new door He opened to allow us to use our local Baptist association's portable baptistry. This onsite baptism allowed many to hear and see the gospel displayed during our worship service. Thank you MNYBA for your help.
Encouragement of Ministry Efforts This baptism helped affirm past ministry efforts we have undergone. One who was baptized came to faith in Christ at a church retreat several years ago. Her faith was nurtured through our Sunday morning kids' discipleship class. The others who were baptized started coming to our church as result of our Passport NYC outreach held one year ago in partnership with MNYBA. We praise God that He is working through these evangelism and discipleship efforts.
Thank you, Pastor Todd and Christian Bible Church! We are glad to be partners with you in the gospel.
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