October 16, 2013
Last weekend we hosted close to 3000 people on our campus for our annual Trunk or Treat, and I gotta tell you, it was our best one yet! The weather, organization, and servants were awesome. Congratulations to all who made this event a huge win for us. Our prayer (which is already being fulfilled), is that hundreds of them will return for a weekend gathering on the way to finding help and hope in Jesus Christ.
As you probably know, this coming weekend is the one a lot of us have been waiting for all year! Our All In baptism weekend. And all I can say is – it’s time! Time to go All In.
Why should you be immersed this weekend? Let me give you 10 reasons:
- Because that’s what the Bible says to do.
- Because you have never been immersed.
- Because you always wanted to.
- Because dozens of others are.
- Because God has been whispering to you to do this for a long time.
- Because Jesus was.
- Because it would cause a cosmic celebration to occur.
- Because hundreds are praying for you to do it.
- Because it’s the next step in your spiritual journey and story.
- Because every single person who accepted Jesus in the early church did.
Friend – It’s time. I know some of you are thinking and praying about it. Don’t let anything or anyone talk you out of this. Even well-meaning people. A respected, sincere religious family member/person (John the Baptist) tried to dissuade Jesus from being baptized. He didn’t think it was necessary. And you may have had a sincere, religious person or family member tell you that immersion isn’t important or necessary, too. But you should respond the way Jesus did to that suggestion: do it anyway!
All is ready friend. The tanks are ready, the water is warm, the All In T-shirts (which we’ll give to everyone who is coming for baptism) are printed, the towels are stockpiled, and dozens of volunteers stand ready to serve. (A huge shout out, by the way, to those serving this coming weekend in non-Worship Center areas like Children’s Ministry and Guest Services, etc. who would love to see everyone go All In at each service, but will be at their post.)
Not much more I can say other than it’s time. Are you All In?! (FAQs)!
The All In Manifesto
Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.
Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions.
Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.
Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes.
Keep seeking God.
Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution.
Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.
Stop playing it safe and start taking risks.
Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences.
Enjoy the journey.
Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can.
Live like today is the first day and last day of your life.
Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God.
Burn sinful bridges. Blaze new trails.
Don’t let fear dictate your decisions.
Take a flying leap of faith.
Quit holding out. Quit holding back.
Push all of your chips to the middle of the table.
It’s time to ante up all of your faith.
It’s time to go all in.
It’s time to go all out