If a mark of a God-honoring church is baptizing people who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, then Church of the Violet Crown is doing very well. Violet Crown is a congregation small in number and large in commitment. The church is making and baptizing and teaching followers of Jesus Christ. Three of those new followers were baptized last Sunday.
The baptisms were a celebration of obedience, said Pastor Aaron Reyes. Our people saw the fruit of their own diligence and faithfulness. The testimonies of these three men were powerful. They came to faith through our people and they’ve been taught through our church.
Since late in 2014, when Violet Crown opened in Austin, Texas, a dozen new disciples have obeyed Jesus’ command to believe and then be baptized as testimony to their belief. They continue to invest in the Lord’s work, faithfully worshiping and faithfully participating in discipleship and other ministries.
The Lord is using Church of the Violet Crown to bring people into His kingdom. There’s nothing better. And that’s why one of FiveStone’s core values is A Small Church can be a Great Church. We have several small churches in the FiveStone network. Each and all are treasured as precious expressions of the Lord at work in His fields.
I warmly remember the answer from Dave Corning, who serves on our Elders Council, when asked to describe the Lord's work. Dave recited John 4:35: Do you not say, 'There are four months, and then comes the harvest?' Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are ripe for harvest. That's it. The Lord's world has many people ready to receive Him for salvation. Our job is to bring the ready ones to the Lord for salvation; for His fame, His glory. A Small Church Can Be a Great Church.