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Jun 5

The Chen's Baptism: Reliving Acts 16

In Acts 16, Paul and Silas find themselves incarcerated at Philippi. With undaunted faith and courage, they are singing God’s praise at midnight when the jailhouse begins to rock. God used bad for good by sending an earthquake which caused the removal of their chains and attracted the attention of their jailer. The prison warden fell trembling at Paul’s feet and asked how he could obtain Paul’s spiritual empowerment. The evangelist explained, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31) The jailer took Paul and Silas to his home and his entire family heard the gospel and chose to believe and be baptized. They picture a family of faith.

Members of the Chen family connected to our First Baptist family through the ministry of Conversational English a few months ago. Shilin Chen, who spent 20 years as a Chinese military officer and is an attorney from Shanghai; eventually, followed his two daughters to America. Shilin and Ling, his wife, along with their daughter Zijuan and granddaughter Patricia recently confessed their faith in Christ and requested a believers’ baptism in alignment with God’s instructions to unashamedly be identified with the body of Christ.

On Sunday evening, June 2, it was my immeasurable privilege to stand in the baptistery with the Chen family as they publicly proclaimed their faith in Jesus as their singular Savior. Their baptism was touching and electrifying. It was humbling to think that an old, downtown church in the heart of the South had been given the privilege of reaching people from China with the eternal life-giving Gospel of Jesus. Following Shilin’s baptism, my new brother-in-Christ who was glistening with baptistery water, hugged me and affirmed in broken English, “I am new in Christ. We follow Jesus!”

We are surrounded by people who desperately need the hope and help of Jesus. People are more ready to hear the Gospel than we are to share it. Let us join the Lord’s bold army of missionaries who are proclaiming Christ from our neighborhoods to the nations. Let’s deliver the liberating Gospel truth that Paul shared with the Philippian jailer, “Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.”

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