Dudley Rutherford is passionate about sharing the salvation and hope that is found in Jesus Christ with all people. He is the author of "Walls Fall Down" and the senior pastor of the 10,000-member Shepherd Church, which the city's mayor has called “the most racially diverse church in Los Angeles.” Dudley’s other books include God Has an App for That, Unleashed: The Church Turning the World Upside Down, and Romancing Royalty. Dudley and his beautiful wife, Renee, have three children.
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Monday, July 16, 2007
Baptism at the Beach 07
Joe the Pizza Man being baptized Dudley and Joshua Merrill baptizing in the big Waves... Worship by the Shepherd Team
Yesterday was a day of all days. We had close to 250 people baptized into the name of Jesus. The waves were big.... the crowds were big.... and the Lord showed up in a BIG way.
Words are difficult to come by as I think about the first day of the Church in Acts 2 where some 3,000 people were baptized at one time... I actually felt like it was the day of Pentecost yesterday as I saw so many tears and so many decisions for Jesus Christ. People were stepping out to proclaim their faith and to walk in obedience. We were there to testify that we believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We had people from both the Porter Ranch Campus as well as the West L.A. campus be baptized. We even had someone who walked up and started asking questions and one of our staff members led this individual into making a decision for Jesus Christ and was baptized that very moment.
I shared the story of a woman who had been a Jehovah's Witness for 35 years and was there to be baptized, knowing that her family was going to disown her for becoming a Christian, and yet she was soooooooooooo blessed to see so many other people giving their lives to Jesus, too.
You see, God is at work in our lives and in our church. Check back to the blog soon, and we hope to post a video from this day. For now I will post a few pictures.....