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We were deighted to share in the baptism of Matt Winter in the morning service on 22nd April
Diane preached on two passages: Exodus 20:1-
Diane explained to us that God speaks to us as he did to the Israelites in Exodus. Jesus also speaks to us. God is committed to us and we should offer our commitment to God. We have a calling to be fully fixed on Jesus.
In his baptism Matt will bind himself to God as God has bound himself to us. This is not just about a code of conduct, a series of do’s and don’ts -
God holds nothing back, we should therefore commit ourselves to Jesus. So we should choose to take up our cross and follow him -
As Matt comes to baptism, he is saying that he knows the Lord, that he is looking to Jesus, and placing his faith in one who died for him
You can listen to the readings and Diane’s full sermon using the icons below.
Matt reminded us that the reading from Matthew’s gospel tells us that if we lose our lives to Jesus we will find it. Jesus came to earth as a servant, and we must live as servants to. Matt feels led to look at charity work following Uni.
Matt closed with the words of 1 John 4:7 “ Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.“ and thanked family, friends and the community at SBC for how they had shown this love to him.
Listen to the baptism
Listen to Diane’s sermon
Listen to Matt’s testimony
Matt told how he was baptised as a baby. God has watched over him for the last 19 years, carrying him through the difficulties he has faced. In May 2006 he was confirmed at St Andrews. He see believer’s baptism as a further step in this wonderful journey.
He first came to Selsdon Baptist through the Gravity youth group, attracted by the community feeling (and the sweets provided!). This led to attending services, and when the 2009 trip to Ghana was suggested, he knew he was called to do this. He witnessed the poverty in Ghana, but also God working in the peoples lives. He went to Soul Survivor with Selsdon Baptist, and was inspired by being part of 12000 young people singing and praising God, and proclaiming their love for Him.
Matt said how all this has brought him to where he is today, ready to be baptised and proclaiming his love and honour for God for eternity.
As he moves on Jesus will be by his side.
Listen to the two readings
Diane and Ro prepare to baptise Matt
Matt is baptised
Diane and Ro pray with Matt following his baptism
The music group singing for the service
You can also download the whole service as a zip file:
|Music & Singers|
|Prayer @ SBC|
|T @ 3|
|Sunday Kids Groups|
|40 Days of Community|
|40 Days of Purpose|
|Da Vinci Code|
|Why do bad things|
|On the Day|
|High St Chaplains|
|South Asian Concern|