One of the things I want to do with this blog is to tell what I appreciate about my community of faith, the Belton Church of Christ located in Belton, TX. Each week, I will highlight one “bright spot” in my congregation.
We have a small Spanish-speaking congregation that meets in the Belton Church of Christ building. After our English worship service ended, about 20 Spanish-speaking people came into our worship center so that Julie could be baptized. Julie is an adult woman with whom one of the members of the Spanish-speaking congregation met and began to dialogue about Christ. I stayed in the worship center just a little longer than most people and saw the people gathering for the baptism, so I decided to participate with everyone. Two of the young men in the Spanish-speaking congregation got up to lead songs for the people before the baptism. They began to sing in Spanish. I do not speak Spanish, but one of the young men offered me his songbook to sing along with them. Even though I butchered the Spanish language I really appreciated their efforts to include me. I didn’t understand many of the words that were spoken when Julie was baptized, but I understood the look of joy on her face when she confessed Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Her declaration of faith and baptism was sweet to witness, and I was blessed to be there.
On Friday, a soldier was baptized in a swimming pool in Killeen. Dante is the boyfriend of one of the young women at the Belton Church of Christ, and her father baptized this man. I am so grateful that Dante had a relationship with Christians that led him to this moment in his life. I am thankful that the call of Christ to make disciples is being fulfilled in my faith community. I love my church!
What encourages you about your faith community?