“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
Laurence was just doing his job. He showed up to repair a communications problem for a customer who had cut through his phone line with a shovel (That would be me – Taylor Rogers). To Laurence’s surprise, I invited him to repair his own communications with God through a relationship with Jesus. He accepted. As he began to read the scriptures and seek God, he decided to get baptized – in obedience to what God was calling him to do. He asked me to baptize him in the same yard where we first met, so the Wildfire family gathered around him in prayerful support and celebration.
As Laurence’s friends saw the change in him - as he lifted up Jesus with his speech, his life, his love, and his purity – they began to desire more of what he seemed to possess. One day, his friend Jennifer began to feel God stirring in her to give her life to Jesus. She called Laurence to ask if he would baptize her. When Laurence asked me for help with the baptism, I told him that I didn’t have any authority to give – Jesus had claimed it all. After reading him Matthew 28:18-20, he baptized his friend in a claw-foot bathtub at the Wildfire House. Laurence was just doing his job.
Here is one definition of a Movement of God among people: Disciples that make disciples that make disciples.
Join us in praying for Jennifer and whoever is next…