In January 1991 I was baptised at Bethesda Church in Bandung – I was reminded of the momentous event today as I watched fifteen members of the Edge Church in the City Campus slowly stepped into the baptismal, one at a time to be baptised. The singers were singing Christ Tomlin’s version of Amazing Grace and I could feel my eyes glazing with tears. There were international students, there were teenagers: boys and girls, there was a young girl, and there was even an older lady in the group. It shows that you can never be too late to make that decision!
The baptism was also shown on the screen as we sang along with the worship team – everybody clapped their hands every time each one of the participants was baptised. At one point, there was a gentleman standing three rows ahead of Yani and I, and he punched his hand to the air and shouted. He was so excited when one teenager stepped into the water – I could feel the joy radiating from the man. He nearly stood on his chair just to show everybody how happy he was. I was moved by the procession – they weren’t wearing any white robes, and there wasn’t any religious hocus pocus. It was like an intimate act of surrender and entering a new life. It made me remember my baptism and made me wish I could be transported back to the day …
The message from Ps. Danny Guglielmucci was also personal and intimate – like a friend who explained why he chose his way of life. It refreshed and rejuvenated me – sometimes all you need is just a message from a friend – simple and sincere, and comes from the heart.
Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Romans 5:6-11 (NKJV)