One of the biggest pushbacks that we’ve received is why on earth we put people in front of a camera before they get baptized in what looks like a hot tub on a weekend service.
I love that we capture people’s stories at New Hope before they are baptized. Hopefully this won’t change the bigger and deeper we grow. Nothing beats a good story. See everyone has a story and that story matters to God. It’s a story on how God has reached, rescued, and restored that person. Every story is relatable to someone watching it on a weekend. I never get tired on hearing how God reached each person differently. Our God is so creative.
It’s not a right or wrong issue to capture someone’s story. Some churches do something like this and other churches don’t. It can be meaningful both ways. For us, it’s a Gospel issue. We believe that each story tells the Gospel. Every time that video is played or shared, the Gospel is being shared. This is a way we can follow through on Jesus’ commission in Matthew 28:18-20. We want to do our best to leverage the technology we have with people’s stories. We want people to have a resource to share with their family and friends who may not have come to their baptism.
It’s interesting that out of the 13 baptisms this past weekend, all but two were nervous to get in front of a camera. Once they finished, everyone said that it wasn’t that bad and it went pretty quick. If you’re a follower of Jesus, please don’t wait. Let us know when you’re ready to take your next step of baptism.