One Body: Baptism at Hulen Lake

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“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:12-13).

These words, written by the apostle Paul to believers in the Greek city of Corinth, point to a foundational truth concerning those who trust in Christ: in some vital yet mysterious way, we’ve been joined to one body through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This means that, biblically speaking, the church is never a building or even a place, but rather an interconnected, interdependent community united in Christ and designed to “build itself up in love” (Eph. 4:16).

This is one reason why baptism is so important. While the rite of baptism never saves anyone, it does reflect the larger reality of what God has done for us through his Son. By virtue of Christ’s own life, death, and resurrection, we’ve been forgiven of our sin, granted new life, and joined together in him.

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It certainly makes sense, then, to celebrate the baptism of individuals in the larger context of the church, as we did this past Sunday at Hulen Lake (a first for The Crossing in terms of location) with a short worship service followed by lunch together. Enjoy a few pictures that serve as evidence for the grace that makes us all “the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Cor. 12:27).

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View more pictures here.

Thanks to Scott Myers for the photos and Ryan Wampler for organizing the event.

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