In the Old Testament, rock piles were memory marker reminders of something God had done on behalf of Israel. This pile of name rocks updates that Old Testament practice and provides a ritual for those who have met Jesus in a powerful way. We invite you to sign a rock if you are making some commitment today to Jesus that you want to mark with a permanent reminder; in doing so, you are joining a community of marked people. You may be starting your journey with Jesus, you may be marking a recommitment to rejoin his ranks, or you may have been prompted by God’s Spirit in a powerful way toward some action step you feel you need to mark in a way that will keep you accountable. Whatever the case we welcome you to the Rock Altar. Why the water vials? Call them a 3 dimensional sticky note for your spiritual journey. When you sign a rock you are acknowledging that God is privately prompting you to make some next steps. But those private promptings at some point have to go public. The public action and celebration is what baptism is all about. This vial of water is a mental and spiritual reminder that eventually you need to let that vial of water be joined with you in the waters of baptism. Place it where you shave or put on makeup in the morning and be reminded that baptism is in the future somewhere…soon we hope.
I love the architecture and some of the cool ideas here at Westwinds. Conference observations still to come.