Living in obedience to God is one of the most significant challenges a Christian faces. But living in that obedience is where we find true peace with God. Baptism is a public proclamation of that obedience -- of our choice to walk with Him in a new life, in a new way.
The Rock Church held a public baptism Friday, November 7, at The Plunge, a large indoor pool in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. On this evening, 175 people got baptized. To see the joy in so many making it known that they are now choosing to walk in His obedience was very encouraging.
It was interesting to note that The Plunge is right next to a bar. Several people looked on as Rock worshippers proclaimed their new life in Christ.
As the line of the masses had faded though and the pool began to empty, something amazing happened. All the sudden, I was astonished to see a guy being carried into the pool by about six men. I looked closer and recognized Bobby Ducharme.
Bobby was once a well known and avid surfer. He now uses an electric wheel chair after suffering a serious acident. But as Bobby would testify, cant keep me down.
According to Danny Quimlat, a Rock pastoral intern, Bobby's mother asked for help from Danny's small group, known as S.W.A.T.(Spiritual Warriors Against Temptation). Ten guys were attending the baptism to support one of their brothers getting baptized. They carried Bobby into the water
Moved by the moment, "all the guys were crying," said Danny.
Bobby has been around the church for years. Puzzled at why he was just now being baptized, I asked Bobby's mother, Lori Boyters.
We didn't know how he was going to get into the pool and this is one of the reasons he never got baptized before," she said, "but he felt that the Lord was leading him to obey and trust Him on how he was going to get into the pool. We had no idea how this was going to happen, so we just showed up at the Plunge and trusted the Lord. We waited until everyone had been baptized, then one of Bobby's friends came up and started chatting with him. He asked Bobby who he was here to support and Bobby said that he was actually here to be baptized, but didn't know how he was going to get into/out of the pool. So his friend asked one of the S.W.A.T. guys if he could help. Then the S.W.A.T. guy got the whole S.W.A.T. team to help. We didn't need to worry, because the Lord sent the S.W.A.T. team! We are continually amazed by how the Lord works!
There are numerous stories of renewed life that surfaced from this baptism. But I believe the real message is a simple one. Be obedient to God. When you hear the still small voice, listen and obey.