Come rain or shine NOTHING could take the love and excitement out of the hearts of those in attendance this weekend as we celebrated our first water baptisms at VOUS Church!

The tone was set for the day as we heard Mark 8:34 ,“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Pastor Rich went on to illustrate his point with an example we can all relate to: although we might feel like we know a person simply because we follow them on social media, we really only get to be spectators watching the highlights they choose to share. Following Jesus is not like social media’s click of a button.

“Following Jesus is not being a spectator, it is following every step of the way as a participator.”Rich Wilkerson, Jr

As our services came to a close, Pastor Rich invited those in attendance to declare their faith in Jesus through baptism. The people began to flood the courtyard, and we can hardly describe what happened in the moments that followed. Families came together, friends supported each other, and those in line for baptism were moved to tears as the emotions of this public declaration took full weight in their hearts.

I felt excited as if I was a bride, being born again confirms my commitment to Jesus. I’m hoping to have a deeper connection to Jesus and my faith, and I know that within that I will live a life that is peaceful no matter what comes my way.Georgeana Pacheco, Baptized 11/22

Every week seems to be even more amazing than the last here at VOUS Church. Here’s to powerful moments that will become precious memories and to lives forever changed.

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