That is the number of how many people were baptized at our 8 weekend services the last two days. I’ve never seen anything remotely like it in my life. I am so humbled just to be a part of it.
We have been in our “Carried Away” series and have been looking at what it means to follow after Jesus Christ. What is truly amazing is that we have especially focused on the cost of following Jesus. And 427 people decided it was worth it.
What stood out to me the most was the look on each person’s face. It was evident as some of them cried, some looked nervous, some were super excited… that each person had a story and a past. And each of those stories was probably radically different. I saw people come from my small group, I saw people that I’ve never had the chance to personally meet, even people from our own Third Format band! I’m pretty sure our Sunday 3F service made history by baptizing a family of four at the same time! But each person had come to the same conclusion in that moment: that they wanted to surrender their life over to following Jesus. I will cherish this memory for the rest of my life.