Immersion into Life
|Tel Aviv Coast|
From there we know the apostles and early believers also taught that immersion in water was an important, if not vital part of our life of faith as followers of Yeshua, and through the centuries, this has filtered down the different cultures, until we arrive at the varied practices we have today.
For the Israeli believers today, immersion is still an important act and expression for someone living a life of faith in Yeshua. Many congregations do not have their own facilities to hold worship services, and even less to baptise or immerse people, so it is not unusual for Adonai Roi, a congregation in Tel Aviv, to walk down to the beach and take advantage of the wonderful Mediterranean Sea for this purpose! At other times they will hire a bus and drive to the shores of the Galilee, not far from Capernaum, where Yeshua began His ministry and take time for fellowship, fun and to baptise new believers into the Body of Messiah.
Adonai Roi Congregation also run Dugit Messianic Outreach Centre. Dan, Dugit’s Outreach Director, shared the testimony of Ya’acov* who was immersed during one of these trips:
“Ya’acov has been coming to Dugit for a few months now. I remember the first time he walked in the door and had a lot of questions and concerns about the End Times. After studying scripture with him, I could see that he still had a lot of questions. He came again and again, and recently received Yeshua as his Lord and Saviour. He has come before to other events such as Dugit Live and is slowly starting to get connected with Adonai Roi Congregation and the Body of Messiah. Please pray that God continues to work in his life and to bring healing in different areas.”
|Immersion at the beach|
We praise the Lord that he is drawing more Israelis to faith in Messiah Yeshua! Please continue to pray for these new believers that they may become strong disciples, the men and women of God that He has called them to be.
1Corinthians 12:13 “For we were all baptised with one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” (NIV)
*Names have been changed.