“Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him. ‘Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:1-3
Brethren rejoice with the angels and saints meeting in Anaheim! Ron Lewis was born again, obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ through baptism in Jesus name Saturday February 25th in the four o’clock hour! See pictures below.
Ron visited the Anaheim assembly of the church for the first time February 12th 2017. Being a former Catholic, but recently unable to continue meeting with them due to access issues caused by limited mobility, he decided to give us a visit. Actually, ten years earlier, while still attending the Catholic church with his wife, he saw our meeting house sign and wondered who we were. Ten years later, after the death of his wife and the onset of mobility issues, he decided to pay us a visit. We are so glad he did!
During his first attendance with us on a Sunday morning, we conversed quite a bit getting to know one another. In that conversation I asked Ron how he came to visit us and if he believed he was saved and if how. He shared his story of Catholic conversion. I asked questions about his beliefs about Jesus, repentance and baptism. We talked about the purpose and form of baptism found in the Bible. Two things that were new to him. I encouraged him to consider being baptized biblically. He said he wanted to think about it. Ron remained after services and joined us for a monthly feast with the saints meeting in La Verne, CA hosted at our meeting house. Everyone got to know Ron a little bit and he them.
Upon Ron’s second visit I brought the topic of obedience to the gospel again, to which Ron requested I visit him at his nearby apartment later in the week to study the topic. We studied a couple of hours two days in a row that week and Ron decided he wanted to obey the gospel by being baptized! He was not able to do it that day or those immediately following, so we set our sights on the coming Saturday.
Duane and Janice Shelton, William Kheirandish, Holly and Zoe Yost, David and Sandra Norris and myself were present, with me doing the baptism and David assisting. It was a beautiful day! There is nothing quite as marvelous as someone’s rebirth, though one’s physical birth certainly compares.
What do you do with visitors? Do you know what brought them to your assembly? Have you any visitors who have been coming for awhile? Do you know their faith story? Has anyone personally given them an invitation to obey the gospel of Jesus Christ?
How about people in your assembly who have visited so many times that you hardly see them as visitors anymore? What do you know about their faith story? Have they been personally invited to obey the gospel of Jesus Christ?
If you have people in your assembly or any part of your life, whom you are ashamed to ask about their faith and invite to obey the gospel so long after having knowing them, apologize for it and ask the next opportunity you get. It is the most loving, caring thing you can do for their soul. If they die having been faithful to the assembly, but not having obeyed the gospel, they died outside of Christ and are destined for the wrath of God (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
Ron was asked about his faith and invited to obey the gospel upon his first visit to the Anaheim Sunday morning assembly of saints. By his third visit he came as a new brother in Christ – born again!
Keep thinking souls!